Category Archive: Chinuk Wawa

So 2 chiefs & a priest travel to Europe, part 6

“…keeps changing direction, always angry, always making noise; gets as white as snow, keeps jumping up and down…” – – and they’re not even talking about The White Man! ūüôā¬† (Previous installment here.)… Continue reading

So two chiefs and a Catholic priest travel to Europe… (part 1)

[Edited December 1, 2014 by Dave — Dale McCreery has requested that I add a guide to the probable pronunciation of this Chinook Wawa, so for an illustration of that, I’m adding it… Continue reading

Magnificat in lingua Chinook

Dave’s note: This post accidentally went public before I was done with it. Sorry for the confusion, and enjoy this valuable Jargon document¬†now that it’s finished! An unusual find is this Chinuk Wawa… Continue reading

“Houn’ Dawg” song originated in Oregon

Today’s post was one of my favorites to write. ¬†It started with finding a Chinook song I hadn’t known before (always a thrill!), and it only got better as I followed the historical… Continue reading

Jimmy’s Kill, a Tsimshian tsall tsale

J.H. McGregor, “Jimmy’s Kill“. ¬†BC Mining Record. ¬†Christmas Supplement, 1900, pages 68-72. A narrative seemingly based on the writer’s actual experiences in far northwestern British Columbia, “Jimmy’s Kill” has dialogue that rings true… Continue reading

Mr. Bunker will employ good men at $3 a day, but no cultus men at any price

A nice bit of Chinook creeping into local English in the Kootenays: The¬†Nelson (BC) Miner¬†of Saturday, July 19th, 1890 run an article at the top of the middle of three columns on page… Continue reading

“A slave jargon exists among the Nez PerceŐĀ Indians”

William Wallace Beach (ed.). ¬†1877. ¬†The Indian miscellany: Containing papers on the history, antiquities, arts…¬†¬†Albany: J. Munsell. In Albert S. Gatschet’s article here, “Indian languages of the Pacific states and territories”,¬†page 444 ¬†brings… Continue reading

As long as it is not a black eye it will be all right

The very first issue of the Chinook Wawa newspaper,¬†Kamloops Wawa, came out on May 2 of 1891. ¬†From the very start, its editor Father Le Jeune’s sense of humor shows. ¬†(Read on.) ¬†… Continue reading

Jargon Chinook sitkum-san-tali

“T…®mnaŐĀkni tiŐĀmat¬†(writing from the heart): Sahaptin discourse and text in the speaker writing of XiŐĀluxŐ£in”: An excellent MA thesis by¬†a longtime Chinuk Wawa friend, Phil Cash Cash, who some of you will remember… Continue reading

Having a hopping time: Chinookie and more

I have no more to say than that some of us would find the combination of Chinook Jargon and a Northwest craft beer to make a perfect day. Better, even, if Chinook hops… Continue reading