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1930: Willie McCluskey and the fair

William “Willie” McCluskey (1862-1939) was a Swinomish Reservation (La Conner, Washington) man who wrote a number of fine Chinook Jargon letters in the post-frontier era.

1923: Hugh hiyu tillicum [sic(s)]

We now know of a total of 4 letters in Chinuk Wawa written by William “Willie” McCluskey of the Swinomish Indian Reservation in northwestern Washington State.

Early 1850s: ‘Christmas’ & ‘eat crow’ humor on Shoalwater Bay

James Gilchrist Swan, early pioneer on Shoalwater Bay, Washington Territory (near Astoria), spoke excellent Chinuk Wawa & could repeat a good joke…

Crowdsourcing challenge (Swinomish edition): The finale

My readers succeeded when I challenged them. Now savor the rewards we’ve reeled in.

Crowdsourcing challenge, continued: Swinomish letter in Chinuk Wawa

Three weeks ago, my readers helped find a pair of 1920’s letters in Chinuk Wawa; today I’m presenting the first to you. It’s very rich, fluent, heartfelt material. 

Crowdsourcing challenge: find the original of this Chinook Jargon letter

EDITED 10/25/2017: thanks to several goodhearted readers, I can now add the entire Chinuk Wawa text, at the end of this post. Bonus: it’s actually 2 letters! Look below. I’ve had the heck… Continue reading