Hihi kopa Pilton Son? April Fool’s?

I found this: Bald Peak eruption imminent, scientists say Newberg Graphic The word in the faded letter has always been read as “pish,” which means “fish” in Chinook Jargon, the trading language of… Continue reading

Cascadian grammar puzzle

That title is how I justify including this amusement in my blog. From “News of the Weird“: David Myrland, an anti-government “sovereign” now serving three years in federal prison for threatening the mayor of… Continue reading

The Story of a Stump

“The Story of a Stump.”  Can you read it? First page: Page 2: Found by a miracle, in Google Books.  (“Forest and Stream” magazine, December 5, 1903, pages 438-439, by HG Dulog.) It’s… Continue reading

Hi-Yu Bru

Another in a continuing series: We Cascadians seem to frequently unite two of our big passions: Good drinks, and Chinook Jargon.  Doesn’t this look good?  [My postal address is available on request for… Continue reading

Skookum Limechen Chuck

Ever find a Chinook surprise? I grew up in Spokane, Washington, but I’d never known that a local lake, Medical Lake, once was known as… …Skookum Limechen Chuck (‘Powerful Medicine Water’), or Skookum… Continue reading

Kittitas Frontiersmen

Spoiler alert: What is a tea-tea?  (Scroll to bottom.) Glauert, Earl T. and Merle H. Kunz (eds.)  1976.  Kittitas frontiersmen.  Ellensburg, WA: Ellensburg Public Library. FYI about ‘Kittitas’: the pronunciation [KITTittass] is usual… Continue reading

A voyage round the world: With a history of the Oregon mission…

[&c.]  By Gustavus Hines.  1850.  Buffalo: George H. Derby & Co. Page 31: Mr. D[aniel] Lee and Mr. Perkins learned the Chenook language ‘as spoken in the vicinity of Vancouver’, Washington. Page 167:… Continue reading

Camping on the Trail: Or, some of my experiences in the Indian country

1902.  By Edward S. Farrow.  [“Late assistant instructor of tactics at the United States Military Academy, West Point, and formerly commanding Indian Scouts in the Department of the Columbia.”] Philadelphia: American Arms Publishing… Continue reading

From Copenhagen to Okanagan, part 3

[See part 1 for full info on this fascinating memoir of life in the Washington Okanagan country, 1880s-1930s.  It’s still in print, apparently, from Okanogan County Historical Society.  Click the picture to visit… Continue reading

From Copenhagen to Okanogan, part 2

{Have you subscribed to get notified of my blog posts via email?} See my first post about this book for bibliographic info.   In this installment, notice the vivid descriptions of sign language… Continue reading