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

From Copenhagen to Okanogan, part 1

Part 1 of a multi-part blog post… “From Copenhagen to Okanogan” by U[lrich] E[nglehardt] Fries, 2nd printing published 1951 by Caxton Printers of Caldwell, Idaho. It’s one of my favorite books for quotations… Continue reading

Salmon for fun

Just for fun, check out this totally Chinook-related “fish slap” emoticon.  (Is that character on the right Smiley Chinook?) Just for fun too, I enjoyed seeing a Northwest Native word used in local… Continue reading

Komox or Comox, and “dog”?

Sometimes people familiar with Vancouver Island, BC, wonder if the name “Comox” is a spelling of Chinook Jargon’s word for “dog”. Comox is a town on the north-central coast of the island.  This… Continue reading

Leon Fouquet OMI 1831-1912

Some useful information on this French missionary from Thomas Anthony Lascelles’ 1986 Simon Fraser University MA thesis, “Leon Fouquet and the Kootenay Indians, 1874-1887” (download it): Page 10 — In 1859, based in… Continue reading