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Muck-a-muck potlatch menu

Subtext: the governor of post-frontier Washington State may have stood out for not not knowing Chinuk Wawa very well.

1908: Reminiscences of Charles A. Splawn

From the “Indian district” of Ellensburg, Washington, mid- to post-frontier times…

1858: Earliest “Chinook Wawa”?

hayu masi to henli (Henry Zenk) for sending this along…

1887: A Ramble in British Columbia

A book that we’ve only briefly touched on has a tiny bit more to tell about Chinuk Wawa in BC.

1892: Chinook Whist

Evidently not an April Fools joke!

Lillooet…A Woman Tenderfoot in Bear Country

From the same area and time as “The Story of a Stump“, where hunters found a Chinuk Pipa message in the woods beyond Lillooet…

Buckskin invitation

The Improved Order of Red Men strike again.

A Chinook “Wawa Wawa”

Previously on this blog:

Koho stick

Until & after my dictionaries (plural) of Chinuk Wawa are published, I want every last one of you to buy the Grand Ronde Tribes’ dictionary. At $29.95 it’s a very good deal, giving… Continue reading

Chinook Jargon translator

“Chinook Jargon translator” — affordable rates — email me at! Oh, maybe the people searching for that phrase and landing at my blog are looking for an online, computerized translator? There’s no… Continue reading