Saibashi, sasquatch, Toisan, BC

For several years, I’ve been wanting to write more about saibashi… Advertisements

Hidden discoveries: Extinct animals & creole-pidgin ethnozoology (Part 3)

Shifting to quite common species, we learn on page 221 of the mid-1850s railroad survey about the Franklin’s grouse…

“Skukum makmak” ad

From an extremely obscure little Chinuk Wawa newspaper…

Hidden discoveries: Extinct animals & creole-pidgin ethnozoology (Part 2)

I’ve started  a mini-series on previously obscure animals and species names in the 1850s “Reports of Explorations…” for a railroad line across the Northwest.

Used boots ad

Did you know? Want ads were a thing, in the earliest days of Chinuk Wawa literacy…

Hidden discoveries: Extinct animals & creole-pidgin ethnozoology (Part 1)

There are precious nuggets of previously unknown Chinuk Wawa, reported on the spot in the 1850s, to be panned from the torrent of raw information in an old railroad survey.

Baptiste of Shhkaltkmah writes to the editor

A young Secwepemc man writes with news of a tragedy…

Where does the compound síl-háws (tent) come from?

Beyond etymology is linguistic archaeology™.

Siletz, or “Lo” Reconstructed

Early in the reservation era, Chinuk Wawa is a force at Siletz & the rest of southwest Oregon…

Naughty Jargon in public, 1917?

Oh no he didn’t!  Did he?