Salmon for fun

Just for fun, check out this totally Chinook-related “fish slap” emoticon.  (Is that character on the right Smiley Chinook?) Just for fun too, I enjoyed seeing a Northwest Native word used in local… Continue reading

Komox or Comox, and “dog”?

Sometimes people familiar with Vancouver Island, BC, wonder if the name “Comox” is a spelling of Chinook Jargon’s word for “dog”. Comox is a town on the north-central coast of the island.  This… Continue reading

Leon Fouquet OMI 1831-1912

Some useful information on this French missionary from Thomas Anthony Lascelles’ 1986 Simon Fraser University MA thesis, “Leon Fouquet and the Kootenay Indians, 1874-1887” (download it): Page 10 — In 1859, based in… Continue reading

Bilingual because it’s Canadian

Somebody offered me some bars of motel soap.  I didn’t really need anything like that, but wouldn’t you know this was right on top: Antique or what?  Is this hoary old design still… Continue reading

You can download my dissertation on Chinook Jargon

If you’re interested in Chinook Jargon, you can download the dissertation I just defended in the University of Victoria’s department of linguistics: “Kamloops Chinuk Wawa, Chinuk pipa, and the vitality of pidgins“ It’s… Continue reading

Coming soon: a Chinook shorthand font?

This document is technical and over my head… Proposal to include Duployan script and Shorthand Format Controls in Unicode/ISO-10646 file:///C|/Users/vanisaac/Desktop/WG2_Duployan/WG2Duployan.html[2010-09-29 23:59:37] Document # N3895r Title: Proposal to include Duployan script and Shorthand Format… 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

Ranch tales: The origin of the Chinook language

Ranch tales: The origin of the Chinook language By Ken Mather – Vernon Morning Star Published: July 22, 2011 1:00 AM ‘Early B.C. cowboys were allegedly masters of three languages, English, Chinook and profane… As one… Continue reading

Tehaleh…pronounced TAY-HA-LAY…comes from Chinook jargon

…Supposedly! Area’s largest planned housing project set to open after long delay ‘Two decades after it was conceived, Western Washington’s largest planned community will open this summer. It will be called Tehaleh, though Pierce County… Continue reading

Tseshaht Christmas songs in Chinook Jargon

Treasure trove of Christmas tradition at Alberni museum Alberni Valley Museum curator Kirsten Smith cups a vintage pear shaped ornament from the museum’s collection. WAWMEESH G. HAMILTON/Alberni Valley News By Wawmeesh G. Hamilton – Alberni… Continue reading