The Binfords and Mort Publishing Company and the Development of Regional Literature in Oregon

This is an MA thesis in History by Jeremy Skinner at Portland State University, readable online for free. It’s a neat read overall, for anyone who engages much with printed pioneer-era Northwest sources.… Continue reading

Motivation in the Portland Chinuk Wawa language community

That’s the title of a recent master’s thesis in ESL done at Portland State University, by Abigail Elaina Pecore.   (Picture acknowledgment: WAYK blog.) I’ve only skimmed it so far, having just discovered it.… Continue reading

Stick Indian sighting

Stick Indian sighting in the Dalles! I’ve been realizing that “Stick Indian” has to be quite an old conventionalized Chinook Jargon expression. In George Gibbs’s “Indian Tribes of Washington Territory” (an edition by… Continue reading

Caroline Leighton, Life at Puget Sound

“Life at Puget Sound: With Sketches of Travel in Washington Territory, British Columbia, Oregon, and California, 1865-1881″ Boston: Lee and Shepard / New York: Charles T. Dillingham, 1884 The title and subtitle tell you… Continue reading

Skookum go cup, eh?

What, product placements in a Chinook Jargon blog? 🙂  I enjoy posting photos of Chinook Jargon realia! (Fancy word meaning “iktas”!) This is my Raven’s Brew “Skookum Blend” coffee go cup. I can’t… Continue reading

Salmon emoticon

Still, nobody has come up with a (Chinook?) salmon emoticon. Seriously, this is the first result in Google Images when you go fishing for one: All right, I’m offering a $10 bill to… Continue reading

Atlantis Arisen: Or, Talks of a Tourist about Oregon and Washington

By Mrs Frances Fuller Victor.  Philadelphia: JH Lippincott, 1891.  Read below to help crowd-source an analysis of it! This book is pretty lightweight, being padded with secondary material from other people’s historical accounts:… Continue reading

Slocum tum-tum

I had to pull off the highway when I saw the sign for “Indian Shaker Church Road” at Mud Bay. This is a Native Christian denomination that has a strong historical association, I’ve… Continue reading

Dude, where’s my trough dish?

I notice a couple more bits of possible “hidden” Chinook Jargon in southwestern Washington Salish. ta’nasloɬ, ta nasloɬ  “trough dish”  (Upper Chehalis) The -loɬ is a lexical suffix meaning “dish”.  What do you… Continue reading

Things you never thought of when you were thinking of England

I mentioned that you find the coolest, un-indexed Chinook Jargon words scattered through all sorts of other materials.  Those words can tell you a lot of surprising stories about how CJ was being… Continue reading