The Birth of Christ, in Chinook Jargon (part 3)

(View & hear Dale McCreery reading parts 1-6 aloud!) (Back to: Part 1.  Part 2.) Mari klatwa nanish iaka kosin Ilisabit. Mary goes to visit her cousin Elizabeth.       Lisash kilapai… Continue reading

The Birth of Christ, in Chinook Jargon (part 2)

(View & hear Dale McCreery reading parts 1-6 aloud!)  (Back to Part 1) With the stage set by Zacharias’ vision and Elizabeth’s pregnancy with the future John the Baptist, Joseph and Mary come… Continue reading

The Birth of Christ, in Chinook Jargon (part 1)

(View & hear Dale McCreery reading parts 1-6 aloud!) The Christmas story from the New Testament, told in a condensed form by a 19th-century priest, for your enlightenment. Lisash shako wawa kopa SShB… Continue reading

Stim i Krismas?

Stim i Krismas? From a religious catechism in the Nsyilxcən or Okanagan-Colville Salish language of southern interior British Columbia and northeast Washington state: <14.> Stim i Krismas? = Krismas <14.>  What is Christmas?… Continue reading

First-Class Hardware Store ad, 1902

In Chinook, his name is Jim, not James.  Yup, it’s a street language 🙂 I don’t always get so technical here, but partly because I have linguists reading my site, today I will… Continue reading

The words of old Eliza Quinaby of Grand Ronde reservation

For its respectful and/or restrained treatment of an elder, and for its antiquity, I’m pleased with the following find of early rez-period Grand Ronde Chinuk Wawa. (Explanation: the S-word is used here, but it’s… Continue reading

Chinook Jargon & Freemasons: “Ours is not a dead language!”

What’s your take on this?  Looks like we can add “Freemason secret language” to the file on Chinook Jargon as “oldtimer’s secret language”, as “code talk”, and as “ipsut wawa” (secret language)! A… Continue reading

Sitka Jimmy in Dawson, Yukon Territory

Chinook Jargon was not actually used very much in the Yukon Territory, despite the impressions you may have gathered from Jack London‘s using it for local colour. That’s why today’s Klondike gold rush-era… Continue reading

Tilikom klaska makuk haws ad, 1902

<Harvey & Bailey. General Merchants, Ashcroft, B.C.> Tilikom klaska makuk haws kopa Ashkroft. The [Indian] people’s store in Ashcroft. — Kamloops Wawa #201 (June 1902), page 143

“Lilly Dale” as sung by Max Irwin

With today’s Chinook Jargon song “Lilly Dale”, I’m getting around to writing what I thought was just another doggerel bit, but turns out to be tangled in a heck of a web of… Continue reading