Trains (not planes or automobiles) in Upper Chehalis

I was trying to figure out a long, complicated and obscure Lower Chehalis word by comparisons with nearby languages when I came upon a Chinook Jargon loan into Upper Chehalis Salish. M. Dale… Continue reading

Coyote, Mink, Louse, PUNS

When you listen to the traditional stories, you get to reach your own conclusions.  What do you think of mine? Here are some words for ‘louse’ in Salish languages of Chinook Jargon’s homeland,… Continue reading

Honne, the spirit of the Chehalis

An older book, the classic of Warshington literature “Honne, the Spirit of the Chehalis“, by George Sanders, has been published in a new edition.  (Some people cite him as Saunders.) This retelling of… Continue reading

Go, North Beach Hyaks!

So on a trip to the Chinook Jargon homeland (Willapa Bay, WA) this weekend, I picked up the Pacific County Press issue of October 17, 2013. Lo and behold, on page 11, I found that… Continue reading

Chinook and owls?

I happened to notice one word for owls in both Cowlitz and Upper Chehalis, a couple of Salish languages from the original homeland of Chinook Jargon: Cowlitz – čənóʔkʷšitm “owl (hawk?)” Upper Chehalis… Continue reading


Illahie: Exploring life, faith, language and the world around us is my friend Bernard von Schulmann’s neat blog.   He’s filling it with fascinating reading, including Chinook Jargon stuff. Go!

Albert Veranous Franklin, Tatla Lake, BC, talks Chinook

Thanks to Sam Sullivan and Robert ‘Rob’ ‘Lucky’ Budd for pointing this gem out!   Robert Budd’s hit book “Voices of British Columbia” sounds like a great read!  Here is a little something… Continue reading

The Chinook Jargon blog is back from vacation

Klahowya!  LaXawyam!  New work is on its way. The Chinook Jargon blog is back from summer vacation. I have a ton of posts ready to draft and share with you. Look forward to… Continue reading

Tomanowish and the Nespelim riders, conversing in Chinook with the buckayros

From a first-class book out of Washington State University Press in Pullman, WA titled Forgotten Trails: Historical Sources of the Columbia’s Big Bend Country by Ron Anglin (1995): Page 145: In July of 1858,… Continue reading

Mary Moses’s statement

Mary Moses’s Statement. Fairfield, WA: Ye Galleon, 1988.  (No author or editor credited.) Another invaluable publication by Glen Adams about Inland Northwest history.  Man, the Ye Galleon catalog must be hundreds of items… Continue reading