1893 (!) : Reminiscences of Nanaimo’s old days

Well, this article appears on what passed for the kids’ page, so the 1850s and 1860s would’ve seemed like long ago…

There’s more than one way for a cat to be skinned: Multiple CW quasi-passives, plus metatypy?

Hayu masi to Beth for commenting in chinuk-wawa…

The Catholic Digest tells about Chinuk Wawa shorthand…if you have the resources to access it

This being a capitalistic world…

Found: the Quasi-Passive, also in 1st-person plural

I’ve pointed out many times that the closest thing Chinuk Wawa has to a “passive voice”, parallel to English “I really got cheated”, is to literally say “they did it”.

1907: Suggested carnival names

“Snuggestions” (!) for the name of a post-frontier Walla Walla carnival’s “main street” included several in Chinuk Wawa…

1902: The Tillicum Hiyu Wawa Club of Aberdeen

Another of the many social clubs in the post-frontier Pacific Northwest that took Chinuk Wawa names…

“Cheechoko’s Dream” song

A misspelled Jargon word is a clue to some missing songs…

1902: The Red Law and the White

Lavishly illustrated by a B.J. Rosenmeyer, today’s excerpt looks suspiciously made-up…

‘Pull out’ or ‘pole out’? CW as a tool in Salish research

While working on Thomas Paul’s “Sametl” story with our weekend Zoom group, I may have discovered something…

1869 [1852], Alaska/Yukon: The Kohklux map

A Lingít chief of Klukwan, Alaska drew the oldest known map of southwest Yukon Territory in 1869 — and Chinuk Wawa was involved.