Chinook and owls?

I happened to notice one word for owls in both Cowlitz and Upper Chehalis, a couple of Salish languages from the original homeland of Chinook Jargon: Cowlitz – čənóʔkʷšitm “owl (hawk?)” Upper Chehalis… Continue reading

Illahie

Illahie: Exploring life, faith, language and the world around us is my friend Bernard von Schulmann’s neat blog.   He’s filling it with fascinating reading, including Chinook Jargon stuff. Go!

Albert Veranous Franklin, Tatla Lake, BC, talks Chinook

Thanks to Sam Sullivan and Robert ‘Rob’ ‘Lucky’ Budd for pointing this gem out!   Robert Budd’s hit book “Voices of British Columbia” sounds like a great read!  Here is a little something… Continue reading

The Chinook Jargon blog is back from vacation

Klahowya!  LaXawyam!  New work is on its way. The Chinook Jargon blog is back from summer vacation. I have a ton of posts ready to draft and share with you. Look forward to… Continue reading

Tomanowish and the Nespelim riders, conversing in Chinook with the buckayros

From a first-class book out of Washington State University Press in Pullman, WA titled Forgotten Trails: Historical Sources of the Columbia’s Big Bend Country by Ron Anglin (1995): Page 145: In July of 1858,… Continue reading

Mary Moses’s statement

Mary Moses’s Statement. Fairfield, WA: Ye Galleon, 1988.  (No author or editor credited.) Another invaluable publication by Glen Adams about Inland Northwest history.  Man, the Ye Galleon catalog must be hundreds of items… Continue reading

Opening the remaining half of the Colville Reservation to settlement, 1906

The context of the book I’m blogging about today is that in 1906 there was a plan to throw open the remaining, southern, half of the Colville Indian Reservation in north-central Washington state… Continue reading

Methow Valley, 1901: “I learned to speak their language, Chinook”

From Diana Hottell’s “The Whole Damn Valley: Voices from the Methow” (2007, Winthrop, WA: Shafer Historical Museum), page 55, ‘Perry Clark on Indians’: “There were far more Indians than whites here during the… Continue reading

Trophy hunter meets Klootchman, a story of initiative

The excellent little North Columbia Monthly newspaper has a column “North of the Border” by Eileen Delehanty Pearkes. Each month, she explores Sinixt (Lakes) Salish people’s relationship with their environment. For July 2013, Pearkes focuses… Continue reading

Townsend’s narrative: Bird Chief and the Indian dogs

J.K. Townsend.  1839.  Narrative of a journey across the Rocky Mountains, to the Columbia River…  Philadelphia: Henry Perkins. At least in the Chinook Jargon world, this book by an influential naturalist is an… Continue reading