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“Bringing Home the Wishing Rock”

Is there a Chinuk Wawa tie-in to this cool public sculpture in Spokane?

1890: Notes & Queries … and Salish?

I’m going to present an old article here, and then talk about one word in it…

1911: Cultus Chikamen doggerel

A short post-frontier poem called “Cultus Chikamen” [‘Worthless Money’] by W.R. Gordon expresses an old-timer’s nostalgia for seemingly more prosperous days.

1906: California Hobucket mamook iskum dhuoyuatz

A photo of an apparent Chinuk Wawa speaker, tucked away in a multi-volume work on West Coast ornithology, is rare evidence of an uncommon, useful Jargon phrase…

Is Chinuk Wawa’s “dago” Spanish, or Salish?

There’s a fairly rare word of Chinook Jargon that’s pretty much known only from James G. Swan’s mid-1850s stay on Shoalwater Bay, Washington.

1897-98: Raoul Renault in Le Courrier du Livre

A Québécois literary magazine put a good chunk of page space into a look at the “Chinook paper”…

1895, Kootenays: the most cultus bunch around

The Kootenays of southeast British Columbia (and Washington and Idaho) were one of the last strongholds of Chinuk Wawa.

H. Guillod, Chinook, and Alberni Indians

We learn some background on one of the original documentors of British Columbia Chinook Jargon, from an old British Protestant magazine.

Cryptic “cumtux” in a real rough Arizona newspaper

Your guess is as good as mine about this funny slug of out-of-place Chinook…

The Indians will have plenty of muck-a-muck for the winter

A century and a half later, I wish all my readers háyú mə́kʰmək for the coming year.