Category Archive: Chinuk Wawa

The People are Dancing Again, or, Hire a Linguist

An excellent book can be made more excellent by hiring a linguist.  Today I’m commenting briefly about: The People are Dancing Again: The History of the Siletz Tribe of Western Oregon, by Charles Wilkinson… Continue reading

Edward Holland Nicoll’s phony Chinook

Maybe I shouldn’t be so tough on the author of this Popular Science Monthly feature (June 1889, pages 257-261).  In his “The Chinook Language or Jargon” — which follows an interesting argument with Prof. Huxley on… Continue reading

Civil War Chinook Jargon letter mystery

The superb “Civil War Day by Day” blog (“from the Louis Round Special Collections Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill”) put up a post about 4 years ago that contained a… Continue reading

Getting specific about David Douglas and Chinook Jargon

I’m not too sure that botanist David Douglas’s 1820s journal notes on early Chinook Jargon have ever been published. A few isolated words in his daily entries, to be sure, have made it into… Continue reading

So 2 chiefs & a priest to go Europe, part 64 — FINALE

Pi naika wawa “Mirri Krismas” pi “Hapi Nyu Iiiir” kopa msaika.  Kanawi tilikom mitlait kopa Kamlups, klaska wiht wawa kakwa kopa msaika. And I say “Merry Christmas” and “Happy New Year” to you folks. Everyone who lives… Continue reading

Jargon (and callie-ope) in more old sports cheers

One fictional (1898): And one factual (1897): Just try and tell the difference! A lot of team yells several decades ago sported equally nonsensical blends of Chinook Jargon and, um, white-people vocables.

General Pickett: “Keep up a skookum tum-tum, dear one”

La Salle “Sallie” Corbell Pickett, third wife of Confederate general George E. Pickett of the doomed Pickett’s Charge, wrote a number of publications including her 1899 book, “Pickett and his Men” (Atlanta: Foote… Continue reading

So 2 chiefs and a priest go to Europe, part 62

  The Kamloops people can be counted on to keep taking twenty copies… (Previous installment here.)      Alta msaika nanich kata ukuk Kamlups      Now you folks can see what this “Kamloops… Continue reading

Nika wake tica Charley

GLENCOE ITEMS. From the Washington Independent (Hillsboro, OR), Sep. 2, 1875, page 2, column 2.   The Siwash difficulty mentioned by the Independent, wherein some young bucks had run off with some other Indians’ wives terminated… Continue reading

So 2 chiefs & a priest go to Europe, part 61

[The pope] placed his hand on Louis’ and Celestin’s [Chillihitzia’s] head, [and] he also gave a large medal to them (Previous installment here.) Sint Irin ankati tlap kopa Shirusalim ukuk shin, pi iaka lolo [NULL] St… Continue reading