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1890: Notes & Queries … and Salish?

I’m going to present an old article here, and then talk about one word in it…

On whim

Frontier-era Chinuk Wawa < whim > ‘fall’ is from SW WA Salish, where it doesn’t mean ‘fall’!

C.C. McCoy recalls Fraser River Indigenous reaction to first steamboat

Christopher Columbus McCoy (1836-1905) accidentally arrived in British Columbia at the moment the Fraser River gold rush began…

Seal of Kalama

Chinuk Wawa humor…

“Foreign Indians” from China

“The Thlackamas Indians” is the headline on a pretty substantial unsigned article about the local Clackamas Chinookan tribe in the Oregon City (OR) Enterprise of Thursday, June 24, 1886 (page 1, all of columns 2… Continue reading

Chasing Alexander W. Chase

A nice thing to experience (and it keeps on happening) is to come across someone for the first time, albeit after their passing — and find that they, too, were making notes on… Continue reading

“Fish house” part 2: the confirmation

Supposedly I discovered how to say “cannery” in Jargon.  Confirmation has arrived. In my blog post several days ago, I thought I spied the Wawa words pish haws (“fish house”) hiding, in distorted form, in… Continue reading

Mayne 1862: Chinook’ll get you to Yale, French to Kamloops

Four Years in British Columbia and Vancouver Island: An Account of Their Forests, Rivers, Coasts, Gold Fields and Resources for Colonisation By Richard C. Mayne.  London: John Murray, Albemarle Street, 1862. More or less a… Continue reading

Our English as she is spoke (or a column only Canadians will understand)

By Dave Bidini in the National Post.  Give’r! But it sounds like he stopped right about the Alberta-BC border, eh?  😉 I’ve never heard BC folks call each other “Skookum”.  See my addendum below.… Continue reading

14 years ago this week on the CHINOOK list

CHINOOK archives – January 1999, week 2   Table of contents: “SET CHINOOK NOMAIL” “The Vancouver Chinook” note (fwd) File: “LISTSERV REFCARD” (fwd) (More on) SET CHINOOK NOMAIL, SET SALISHAN NOMAIL Addendum: Kitsilano/Kahtsahlano… Continue reading