The guy who taught Chinook Jargon to Franz Boas

Johan Adrian Jacobsen: This is the Norwegian fella that taught Franz Boas the Chinook Jargon. You gotta realize that’s a big deal. I learned about that from “Captured Heritage: The Scramble for Northwest… Continue reading

AUDIO: Cornelius Kelleher quotes Father Fouquet

Share this! LISTEN to Cornelius Kelleher/Kellegher: Cornelius Kelleher (a.k.a. Kellegher) was among the early students at St. Mary’s (Mission) Residential School on the lower Fraser River in BC.  He is said to have… Continue reading

Sluiskin’s warning! Kloshe nanich!

(Notice how I’m indulging in exclamations this week?!) Here, for you to practice reading connected Chinuk Wawa speech, is a much fuller account of the 1870 expedition to climb Mt. Rainier that was… Continue reading

LINGUISTIC ARCHAEOLOGY REVEALS FUR-TRADE PATTERNS!!!!

It’s a 4-banger!!!!  (Bang=exclamation point, in typesetter lingo.) I put it in capitals to make it seem like headline news.  You’ve got to compete with CNN and Fox News these days. Really, what… Continue reading

Chinook Wawa from BC: AUDIO!

Here’s a lady who was recorded, I believe, by British Columbia’s late great oral history interviewer, Imbert Orchard. This is a just a short audio clip, and I haven’t been told any information… Continue reading

Coast Salish “thread” etc. as BC Chinook Wawa

I was kindly provided a copy of a Chinook Wawa manuscript.  It’s a vocabulary that was written in approximately the 1880s, by a storekeeper-slash-lay preacher in the area of Bella Bella/Waglisla, a fair ways… Continue reading

Wah-Kee-Nah and her people, including James Clark Strong

“Wah-Kee-Nah and Her People“ by James Clark Strong New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1893 In places, a solidly interesting piece of Northwest Americana. New Yorker J.C. Strong lived in the PNW starting in… Continue reading

Gentrifying a Siwash neighborhood in Olympia: The history of a word in local English

The Vancouver (Washington Territory) Independent of April 8, 1876, at the end of its “Olympia Notes” column, reproduces news from the Olympia Echo.  The piece includes the following sentence of note: Little shanties which have been… Continue reading

Mencken on Chinook Jargon’s influence

H.L. Mencken‘s famous 1945 book on “The American Language” (Supplement 1) gets into the subject of Chinook Jargon’s influence on our English, on pages 310-311. I hear a wisely skeptical voice in his… Continue reading

I preached the first sermon at White Salmon…in English anyway

“Early Days at White Salmon and the Dalles”, by Camilla Thomson Donnell. Washington Historical Quarterly IV(1) [January 1913], pages 105-115. Page 109: Rev. Mr. Tenney gave me this incident. He said: “I preached the… Continue reading