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1845-1848: Neall, “A Down-Easter in the Far West”

James Neall (1820-1903) was a Maine man who lived in the Oregon Country frontier from 1845 to 1848.

1886: Victoria-style Chinuk Wawa song from Nuxalks in Germany, and a grammatical mystery

Thanks to Dale McCreery for this wonderful find.

Happy Halloween: A part Upper Chehalis, part Chinuk Wawa monstrosity? :)

From the land of the “Halloweena” tribe…

1888: A Halloween tangent

Only obliquely related to either Chinuk Wawa or Hallowe’en, the following piece of PNW regional humour was irresistible…

1911: The vampire used a combination of Chinook and sign language :)

Extra Halloween / Chinook material for you…

1893: It’s easy to ridicule linguistics — but let’s leave Chinook out of it!

The best tie-in here is, to my surprise, to Chinuk Wawa.

1851: Good lower Columbia CW sentences

Preserved from the frontier period in the mind of a sharp observer…

1895: Spoke for Oregon — which hymn is that?

A somewhat humorous anecdote raises a neat research question…

19th c.: THE BRITISH COLONIST (Part 3: A Card, 1859)

There may be a snide pun between Chinook and English here…

1792: Galiano’s expedition, and a controlled experiment in pidgin formation

There’s an admirable awareness of Indigenous people’s languages in this early contact account…