Fred Wah, Canadian poet laureate, on Chinook Jargon

Last month CBC Radio 1 in Vancouver, BC did a neat mini-series “Red Peony” about the history that’s shared between Chinese and Aboriginal Canadians. In one installment, poet laureate of Parliament, Fred Wah,… Continue reading

University of California curriculum

Another one just for fun, because I’m an academic. Thanks to my dad for this beauty: a mock “University of California curriculum” that was making the rounds in the 1960s. Enjoy! –David Douglas… Continue reading

Robertson’s Cafe, Benge, WA

(*Sorry for the photo glitch that some of you are seeing!) From Chinook Jargon country, but not directly on-topic, comes this bit of fun. My dad’s mom’s dad ran Robertson’s Cafe in Benge,… Continue reading

Chinook Jargon in Haller diary 1855 (Sharon Seal guest blogging)

Reader Sharon Seal has thoughtfully sent along some interesting Chinook Jargon material that she’s found in her resarch. The following relates to the diary of Major Granville Owen Haller. I especially appreciate this… Continue reading

“Holy muckei!”

Associated with long-ago football seasons at Washington State College, which is now “Wazzu” (WSU) in Pullman, I find fan cheers and songs that look, well, kind of Chinooky. That association is reinforced by… Continue reading

Ivan Munk, “Spokane country: The way it was”

Ivan Munk.  1973.  “Spokane country: The way it was / A Spokane heritage publication.”  Spokane, WA: Spokane Heritage Publishing Co. This is a wonderfully researched, thought-out and drawn comic-book format treatment of major… Continue reading

A newly invented writing system for Chinook Jargon

A newly invented writing system for Chinook Jargon: It’d been a while since I’d talked much Chinuk Wawa to my kids. Like, since the second-oldest was a toddler. This evening, when she and… Continue reading

Chinook ham

When I came upon the phrase “Chinook ham” in my studies, I had to pause. Not to refresh my memory; I’d never heard this term previously.  Have you? But I wondered: was this… Continue reading

‘Stick Indian’ shows ‘As It Happens’ how we roll…the tape

While doing other chores, my ears pricked up this evening hearing CBC Radio’s ‘As It Happens’ program. The host was saying ‘We contacted Sylvia Minthorn’ about something or other–and I thought, well now,… Continue reading

14 years ago this week in the CHINOOK list (January week 3)

CHINOOK archives – January 1999, week 3 Table of contents: A bit more on chance similarities/ was Re: Salishan-Wakashan A couple of suggestions about pre-CJ “Nootka Jargon” A couple of suggestions about pre-CJ… Continue reading