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Pre-1924: John Adams (Rogue River Shasta of Siletz) & CW-dependent pidgin English?

Many features of the following quoted life story from John Adams (1847-1938) of Siletz Reservation, southwest Oregon, a Rogue River Shasta man, evoke Chinuk Wawa.

Chinook prayer at Siletz Fair by Shasta Rev. John Adams, 1915

More than half a century into the reservation era, Chinuk Wawa had quite a presence at the major interethnic social event of the year for Siletz, Oregon.

Siletz church services translated into “Jargon” well into 20th century

Locally, it was called “Jargon”.

LINGUISTIC ARCHAEOLOGY: TREATY LANGUAGE (POINT NO POINT), PART 16: Who were those treaty signers?

Here is a small exercise that to my knowledge I’m the first to try: figuring out which of the Stevens Treaties signers were conversant in Chinook Jargon.

1895: Wenatchee Joe’s mine

What a find!

Zachariah Mudge

Some interesting bits from a promotional book about unnamed missionaries. No author is named in the volume, but it’s attributed to Zachariah Atwell Mudge, not to be confused with another Pacific NW luminary,… Continue reading