Sharon Seal guest blogs again: Big John Kitsap & See Oh See Oh

Reader Sharon Seal has contributed more great Chinook Jargon material to share with you all.  These are newspaper articles from Kittitas County, WA.  (Non-Washingtonians: it’s pronounced KITT-ih-tass.) 1) “Big John Kitsap, Kittitas Indian,… Continue reading

Twin Wah fights extradition from the Okanogan using Chinook Jargon

The Spokane [WA] Review, October 1, 1894, page 3, column 4 has an article about a Chinese immigrant in federal custody fighting extradition: Chinaman talks Chinook  Veteran Placer Miner a Prisoner of the… Continue reading

Bella Coola Courier, May 31, 1913

The Bella Coola [BC] Courier, May 31, 1913: This newspaper issue carries a vivid full-front-page narrative of Empire Day celebrations at the Indian reserve in Bella Coola, British Columbia.  Lots of interesting 100-year-old… Continue reading

Fred Wah, Canadian poet laureate, on Chinook Jargon

Last month CBC Radio 1 in Vancouver, BC did a neat mini-series “Red Peony” about the history that’s shared between Chinese and Aboriginal Canadians. In one installment, poet laureate of Parliament, Fred Wah,… Continue reading

University of California curriculum

Another one just for fun, because I’m an academic. Thanks to my dad for this beauty: a mock “University of California curriculum” that was making the rounds in the 1960s. Enjoy! –David Douglas… Continue reading

Robertson’s Cafe, Benge, WA

(*Sorry for the photo glitch that some of you are seeing!) From Chinook Jargon country, but not directly on-topic, comes this bit of fun. My dad’s mom’s dad ran Robertson’s Cafe in Benge,… Continue reading

Chinook Jargon in Haller diary 1855 (Sharon Seal guest blogging)

Reader Sharon Seal has thoughtfully sent along some interesting Chinook Jargon material that she’s found in her resarch. The following relates to the diary of Major Granville Owen Haller. I especially appreciate this… Continue reading

“Holy muckei!”

Associated with long-ago football seasons at Washington State College, which is now “Wazzu” (WSU) in Pullman, I find fan cheers and songs that look, well, kind of Chinooky. That association is reinforced by… Continue reading

Ivan Munk, “Spokane country: The way it was”

Ivan Munk.  1973.  “Spokane country: The way it was / A Spokane heritage publication.”  Spokane, WA: Spokane Heritage Publishing Co. This is a wonderfully researched, thought-out and drawn comic-book format treatment of major… Continue reading

A newly invented writing system for Chinook Jargon

A newly invented writing system for Chinook Jargon: It’d been a while since I’d talked much Chinuk Wawa to my kids. Like, since the second-oldest was a toddler. This evening, when she and… Continue reading