“Fish house” in Heiltsuk tells us how they talked about canneries in Chinook

In the Practical Heiltsuk-English Dictionary by John Rath, there’s this word: bisaús for a cannery.  There have certainly been canneries in that area (Bella Bella, BC). But I have some acquaintance with the… Continue reading

Small Pleasures, a short dramatic film in Chinook Wawa

“Small Pleasures” is a short dramatic film in Chinook Wawa by Karin Lee. It’s set in Barkerville, BC, in the 1860s and features female characters of both Chinese and First Nations background. What… Continue reading

If you searched for…

Sometimes I notice people drifting in to my site looking for particular things relating to Chinook Jargon. Let me be of assistance (I had to guess at a couple of these): If you searched… Continue reading

The guy who taught Chinook Jargon to Franz Boas

Johan Adrian Jacobsen: This is the Norwegian fella that taught Franz Boas the Chinook Jargon. You gotta realize that’s a big deal. I learned about that from “Captured Heritage: The Scramble for Northwest… Continue reading

AUDIO: Cornelius Kelleher quotes Father Fouquet

Share this! LISTEN to Cornelius Kelleher/Kellegher: Cornelius Kelleher (a.k.a. Kellegher) was among the early students at St. Mary’s (Mission) Residential School on the lower Fraser River in BC.  He is said to have… Continue reading

Sluiskin’s warning! Kloshe nanich!

(Notice how I’m indulging in exclamations this week?!) Here, for you to practice reading connected Chinuk Wawa speech, is a much fuller account of the 1870 expedition to climb Mt. Rainier that was… Continue reading

LINGUISTIC ARCHAEOLOGY REVEALS FUR-TRADE PATTERNS!!!!

It’s a 4-banger!!!!  (Bang=exclamation point, in typesetter lingo.) I put it in capitals to make it seem like headline news.  You’ve got to compete with CNN and Fox News these days. Really, what… Continue reading

Chinook Wawa from BC: AUDIO!

Here’s a lady who was recorded, I believe, by British Columbia’s late great oral history interviewer, Imbert Orchard. This is a just a short audio clip, and I haven’t been told any information… Continue reading

Coast Salish “thread” etc. as BC Chinook Wawa

I was kindly provided a copy of a Chinook Wawa manuscript.  It’s a vocabulary that was written in approximately the 1880s, by a storekeeper-slash-lay preacher in the area of Bella Bella/Waglisla, a fair ways… Continue reading

Wah-Kee-Nah and her people, including James Clark Strong

“Wah-Kee-Nah and Her People“ by James Clark Strong New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1893 In places, a solidly interesting piece of Northwest Americana. New Yorker J.C. Strong lived in the PNW starting in… Continue reading