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1897 reminiscence: “The Chehalis River Indian Treaty” that never happened

It’s a mistake to refer to “The Chehalis River Indian Treaty” of 1855, because no such treaty was ever agreed on or signed.

AF Chamberlain’s field notes of Chinuk Wawa from SE British Columbia (Part 1)

hayu masi to my BC friend and colleague, Dale McCreery, for finding this precious resource of northern-dialect Chinuk Wawa and sharing it. It richly rewards a closer look!

1924: Some Métis words in Kamloops Chinuk Wawa

JMR Le Jeune, the person who introduced the popular Chinuk Pipa writing in southern British Columbia, published “Chinook Rudiments” to give us an introduction to the language.

1904: Senator Ankeny introduces Native people to the President

Here’s the dramatic conclusion to our 3-part sequence about Levi Ankeny (1844-1921, pioneer of 1850).

1903: Ankeny Chinook saga continued

Second in our three-part sequence about this Settler’s rise to fame…

1896: Levi Ankeny and Chinook

One old Settler got a lot of attention for being able to speak Chinuk Wawa…

Didactic dialogues in CW dictionaries, Part 4I (Gibbs 1863 ex phrases/sentences)

What would you say — what’s the common theme among these 3 sentences?

‘Heads’ and ‘feet’ of lakes in BC Chinook Jargon

Heads & feet of lakes are definitely influenced by English!

1886: Howdy from Muck-A-Muck, Texas!

The “classic Chinook” strikes again, this time in Texas!

“Less familiar words” in the Northern Dialect (Part 1B: Shaw 1909 continued)

It’s remarkable how many of the following words said to be unfamiliar in the northern dialect (especially Puget Sound) are indeed only known in the south (especially Grand Ronde).