1891: Snohomish Pioneers talk in Chinook

Even at the dawn of the post-frontier era, Chinook Jargon was for old-timers on Puget Sound. Advertisements

1897 California CPE: The Tongs Much Exercised

A gang conflict flares up into a fatal shooting in post-frontier Sacramento…

Circa 1853: Girls just want to have fun

Martha [Conner] Ellis Sapp, born circa 1844, came to the Pacific Northwest coast square in the middle of the frontier era, when you most definitely had to “do it yourself”. 

‘Flag’ in Tsimshian & hidden Chinook Jargon (and English) (and Salish)

Sometimes you spot one odd-looking thread sticking out, pull on it, and find it was an important part of the cloth.


Chinuk Wawa kept on making ‘babies’.

1904: Wreck of the Clallam (Part 3 of 3)

Chinook Jargon turns out to be very good at describing disasters and scaring listeners.

1904: Wreck of the Clallam (Part 2 of 3)

It gets worse…

1904: Wreck of the Clallam (Part 1 of 3)

If you’re looking for shocking news & amazing Chinuk Wawa reading practice, pick up a copy of Kamloops Wawa… Today we’ll start another mini-series that’s hard to look away from. The editor of Kamloops Wawa,… Continue reading

The drunkard’s walk, from Chinuk Wawa to Upper Chehalis

Stuff keeps turning up, somehow.

1854: The Chenook Navy

Time was when Chinuk Wawa got your fairly far in Northern California…