For GRINs: Making sensible choices

Sometimes you have to figure out which thing you know about Chinuk Wawa is relevant at the moment…

My CW vacation photos, part 2

On board the Washington State ferry “Salish” this summer, I snapped this…

Screwball product names…

Given the early settlement dates of south-central Washington State’s apple region, and the late ones for the north end, maybe there’s an understandable reason for apples to have been strongly associated with Indians.… Continue reading

Pigeon milk and pidgin under stress

A party of Settler customers in a Northern California Chinese restaurant decide it’s funny to horse around with the difference between their own English and their host’s…

My CW vacation photos, part 1

I was lucky enough to be invited to Whidbey Island, Washington for a summer vacation trip last month, and I took a few Chinuk Wawa-related tourist photos…

From the “I Can’t Believe I’ve Never Said This Out Loud” Dept.

I Can’t Believe I’ve Never Said This Out Loud…

1897: Auf nach Alaska

I’m not going to transcribe this German description of Chinook Jargon (any of my readers want to do that)…but…

Is there Chinook Jargon in the Stefánsson Collection?

Do we have to wait for the Covid-19 pandemic to abate, to find out if there’s Chinuk Wawa in the Stefánsson Collection?

Sinopishia: the Feast of the Tabernacles in CW

Seems to me it would’ve been simpler to translate this as sil-haws aias-son…

Welcome to Halo Chemuck, California

One early frontier town in California combined 2 pidgin languages in its name…