Highass close scucum Boston man

In Idaho’s history, you have to look either mighty early or mighty late to scare up any Chinuk Wawa.

A discovery? The etymology of “bigfoot”

“Bigfoot”, as a synonym for the Salish-derived sasquatch or the Chinuk Wawa-derived stick Indian, had its first known use in 1958, says Merriam-Webster.

More of Fred Mock’s mock Jargon

Yesterday I wrote a little about Fred G. Mock and his fictional Chinuk Wawa, which is about all the documentation of the language that you’ll find for Idaho south of the border-straddling Kootenai… Continue reading

Idaho’s fictional Chinuk Wawa

A Romance of the Sawtooth is a novel of Idaho authored by Ogal Alla, a pseudonym for F[red] G. Mock (1861-1956).

“Ickerman, chickerman”: an old PNW kids’ rhyme?

A possible find of enormous interest. But cross-reference with “doggerel”!

Early Chinuk Wawa loans into English

Today we find that by 1850, people already were using Chinook Jargon words in local English without having to explain themselves…

Other Conundrums…Henry Tsang’s “Utter Jargon”

A site-specific Chinuk Wawa public art piece, Kamloops, 1993.

Edward “Golden Potlatch” Clayson part 2

I found out more of “Patriarch” Clayson’s background, and he wasn’t a southerner, he was British…

“Golden Potlatch” song in Chinuk Wawa

You know sparks will fly. A Jargon song, and lots of other Olympic Peninsula Chinook Jargon recollections, from an early settler who styled himself “The Patriarch”.

What thing is a shaman?

A clue about how Chinuk Wawa was used by artifact collectors in southeast Alaska, circa 1886: