Brokenshire, “Washington State Place Names”

Brokenshire, Doug.  1993.  Washington State place names: From Alki to Yelm.  Caldwell, ID: Caxton. The author of this reader-friendly volume focuses more on the histories associated with the place names than on their… Continue reading

Story of a Stump, decoded

As mentioned in the original post about “Story of a Stump“, I’m providing a decipherment of the shorthand text.  Here it is, numbered by lines of the original.  Note that the translation in… Continue reading

Chinook to the rescue

From Everybody’s Magazine (did O. Henry really edit it?).  Volume X, number 2 (February 1904), page 292. “Delate hyas kloshe papah.  Halo kultus wawa kopa ocoke Konaway Tilacums.  Delate skoom kumamook [sic].  … Continue reading

From Copenhagen to Okanogan, part 4

[Final installment.  See previous episodes for more info on this fascinating pioneer memoir…life in the Okanogan Highlands of Washington State, 1880s-1930s.  Most of what I’ve excerpted in this blog happened in the last… Continue reading

A note about the Chinook Jargon blog, o children of the forest

Actually several points about this Chinook Jargon blog. I tag the posts to help their content be searchable in Google.  But my tagging system will change.  I’ve learned that a person’s idea of… Continue reading

Alfred Downing, “I Signal an Indian from Opposite Shore”

The superbly readable naturalist-historian Jack Nisbet of Spokane has a column “Boundaries” in the free North Columbia Monthly, out of Colville.  Thanks to Jack for this find… His current (April 2012) column is… Continue reading

Halo klootchman stop

In my dissertation research, I found that Kamloops Chinuk Wawa uses a copula “stop” that I haven’t seen in other dialects. Copula: roughly a word for”to be”. “Stop”: KCW uses it for “to… Continue reading

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.”  (Click to see it deciphered.) First page: Page 2: Found by a miracle, in Google Books.  (“Forest and Stream” magazine, December 5, 1903, pages 438-439, by HG Dulog.)… Continue reading