Tehaleh…pronounced TAY-HA-LAY…comes from Chinook jargon

…Supposedly! Area’s largest planned housing project set to open after long delay ‘Two decades after it was conceived, Western Washington’s largest planned community will open this summer. It will be called Tehaleh, though Pierce County… Continue reading

Tseshaht Christmas songs in Chinook Jargon

Treasure trove of Christmas tradition at Alberni museum Alberni Valley Museum curator Kirsten Smith cups a vintage pear shaped ornament from the museum’s collection. WAWMEESH G. HAMILTON/Alberni Valley News By Wawmeesh G. Hamilton – Alberni… Continue reading

Grand Ronde dictionary — coming very soon

Grand Ronde dictionary coming soon Chinuk Wawa / kakwa nsayka ulman-tilixam laska munk-kemteks nsayka / As Our Elders Teach Us to Speak It [Paperback] The Chinuk Wawa Dictionary Project *** Update:  It’s out!  It’s… Continue reading

Kekuli house in the Okanagan

Traditional winter house explained By Katherine Mortimer – Vernon Morning Star Published: December 28, 2011 1:00 AM Eric Mitchell admits he has a pet peeve about the word kekuli. As supervisor of the Okanagan Indian Band’s… Continue reading

Earliest use of phrase ‘Nootka Jargon’?

Thank you, Google Books. This 1890 find may be one of the earliest uses of the phrase ‘Nootka Jargon’. It’s also interesting for what it says about Chinuk Wawa.    

Kowrach, “Mie. Charles Pandosy, O.M.I.: A missionary of the Northwest”

Kowrach, Edward J.  1992.  “Mie. Charles Pandosy, O.M.I.: A missionary of the Northwest.”  Fairfield, WA: Ye Galleon. Kowrach was a priest (which order?) who lived in Veradale–the Spokane Valley–in Washington state. I was… Continue reading

Press coverage of independent Chinuk Wawa revitalization

Press coverage of independent Chinuk Wawa revitalization: Read about ‘Urban Scout’.

Smiley = Chinook salmon?

From the ADS-L discussion list archives: Subject: Re: LOL (1989) From: victor steinbok <[log in to unmask]> Reply-To: American Dialect Society <[log in to unmask]> Date: Tue, 12 Apr 2011 11:38:43 -0400 Content-Type:… Continue reading

Thompson River Salish & hymns

An apparently older version of the 1pl form [of ‘independent pronoun’] survives in a religious song: /nmimeł. [Otherwise /nmimł]  — Thompson, Laurence C. and M. Terry Thompson.  1992.  The Thompson language.  Missoula, MT:… Continue reading

“Pneumonic” for “mnemonic”

[Speaker, who is a teacher, says an acronym, then:] “That’s a pneumonic for…” A way of breathing that helps you remember things?  Deep! Heard on NPR’s “Talk of the Nation” today.