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Sitka, Chinook Jargon, & the KKK

This little new discovery is one of the earliest substantial Chinook Jargon texts ever published. It’s doggerel, self-proclaimed.  The eye-dialect spellings (Costigan’s Irish accent?) in the English parts are a giveaway about that… Continue reading

“Lilly Dale” as sung by Max Irwin

With today’s Chinook Jargon song “Lilly Dale”, I’m getting around to writing what I thought was just another doggerel bit, but turns out to be tangled in a heck of a web of… Continue reading

The local editors of Portland are abusing one another in choice Chinook

     The local editors of Portland, Oregon, are abusing one another in choice Chinook, and such words as “siwash tillicums,”  “mesacha cultus wawa” are freely bandied as if they had a wonderful… Continue reading

Rodney Glisan & Army buddies mystify New Yorkers

Portlanders will recognize the name of Glisan. Military surgeon Rodney Glisan (1827-1890) published his “Journal of Army Life” as a book in 1874, with a good deal of discussion of his six years in the Oregon Indian… Continue reading

Memoirs of Philip Henry Sheridan (buried lede: wood rats know Chinook)

General Sheridan, that is.  He of US Civil War fame. We have already encountered him (in “Talk Strange Language“) as one of what we could call the Civil War Chinuk Wawa “code talkers”.… Continue reading

General Pickett: “Keep up a skookum tum-tum, dear one”

La Salle “Sallie” Corbell Pickett, third wife of Confederate general George E. Pickett of the doomed Pickett’s Charge, wrote a number of publications including her 1899 book, “Pickett and his Men” (Atlanta: Foote… Continue reading

Wah-Kee-Nah and her people, including James Clark Strong

“Wah-Kee-Nah and Her People“ by James Clark Strong New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1893 In places, a solidly interesting piece of Northwest Americana. New Yorker J.C. Strong lived in the PNW starting in… Continue reading

Reading fresh messages in old letters at fort

Reading fresh messages in old letters at fort Program illustrates vital link between literacy and local history ‘[A] program at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site was the first time the link between literacy and local… Continue reading