Oregon as it was: By an old pioneer (big Métis-Grand Ronde connection)

I loved finding this article where an oldtimer tells what Métis life was like in the early settlement era — leading into the early reservation era — in Grand Ronde’s neighborhood. Advertisements

Chinuk Wawa ‘branch’ is from Salish

Another Chinook Jargon word from Salish: ‘branch’.

I go on, much speculating: an additional source for Chinuk Wawa’s Progressive prefix

I’ve written about how various words “grammaticalized” in Chinook Jargon, developing from original literal senses such as “make” and “come”, into prefixes and such.

Masi & hayu masi

For ‘thank you’, either plain old masi or else hayu masi seem to be the rule. The latter is characteristic of current Grand Ronde usage. I’m not sure whether that implies that it may be quite an… Continue reading

“The Bridge Across the Willamette”: PDX attitude goes waaay back! (To Grand Ronde?)

From an article about hopes for a great city of East Portland (EPDX?), Oregon, an inspiring poem:

Now you know: I think “pittuck” is from Salish (+a Chinuk Wawa meditation)

The other day, my readers saw an obscure Jargon word used for ‘to think’: “pittuck“.

Star Seattle Story Book — Laura Belle Downey Bartlett’s pioneer girlhood?

Announced in the Seattle Star newspaper on April 14, 1920, Mabel Cleland’s “Star Seattle Story Book” was a Chinook Jargon treat, free for the asking. It seems to have run as a serial for a… Continue reading

Americana music: Lelooska, Jock-a-mo, & Chinuk Wawa songs

This is an interesting version of a well-known Chinuk Wawa song, from an interesting source.

“Talking” about Aboriginal legal systems v. colonizer laws

On “mamook law“: this involves some linguistic archaeology work.

Capt. John Irving’s BC Chinuk Wawa address

Linguistic archaeology, at a shallow yet navigable depth…