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…

Chemuck compendium

Here’s a sampler of occurrences I’ve found of a common frontier-era California pidgin Spanish/English/Chinuk Wawa word for ‘food’…

1912 [circa 1892]: RL Stevenson, Chinuk Wawa, & Eyaks: A tall tale or true?

Evaluate for yourself how substantial the connection between the famous adventure-story writer and our Jargon is…

Eyak & Chinuk Wawa

Another in my surveys of Chinuk Wawa’s traces in Pacific Northwest tribal languages — this time in Alaska’s Eyak language — turns up the usual fascinating discoveries 🙂

1903: Henry B. Nichols Recalls the Calapooians (h/t David G. Lewis)

One of the countless top-notch articles over at my colleague David G. Lewis PhD’s blog NDNHistoryResearch (go! read! learn! donate!) drew my attention.