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Canoe “together”, an ancient Indigenous metaphor?

Could kəním ‘canoe’ be etymologically related to kʰánumákwst ‘together’?

Hi-yu Jesus and halo muck-a-muck

A post-frontier Settler writer characterizes the prevailing mood in Indian country…

CW numerals and language universals

One of the many ways Chinuk Wawa can be proved to be just like any other human language —

‘Fathom’ from ‘rope’ — an Indigenous metaphor

The early CW measure word íɬana ‘fathom; yard’ has been shown in the superb Grand Ronde dictionary to come from Chinookan…

Sixes, Oregon: a triple play, Dene to CW to English

Well yes, I do get some of my linguistic information from the press releases of brewing companies…

1841: Previously unknown early CW place names…and Native humour??

A Chinuk Wawa place name that I hadn’t known of 1in the lower Columbia River area…

CW in the news: Canadian slang terms

For a bit of fun, check out a recent article about province-specific slang words in contemporary Canada…

El Comancho’s Washington, DC newspaper column on Chinook Jargon (2 of 6)

I haven’t been able to track down all of the published installments, but here’s another of El Comancho’s sorta Jargon-for-kids column…

1892: Limpy Jim and other fools

More of that California Indian pidgin English (etc.)…

Indirect, weak evidence that CW ‘clams’ might be from French

A rather obscure Chinuk Wawa word for ‘clams’ has long stirred comment…