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
This pleasant antique piano is here to offset the unpleasant elements in the story that follows. “When Sheridan Was in Oregon” by Turner F[enner] Le(a)vens (Washington Historical Quarterly, July 1925 / 16(3):163-185). Levens/Leavens… Continue reading
A Canadian Indigenous Thanksgiving, for my American readers. I’m grateful for our always growing community of Chinuk Wawa-Chinook Jargon speakers & learners!
In news of a local version of one of the then-popular statewide annual reunions of “old Oregon” pioneers, we have this teaser: George W. Dunn is the retiring president. Rev. P.R.… Continue reading
The local editors of Portland, Oregon, are abusing one another in choice Chinook, and such words as “siwash tillicums,” “mesacha cultus wawa” are freely bandied as if they had a wonderful… Continue reading
I was saying the other day how ictas (“things, belongings, paraphernalia”) was among the first Chinook Jargon words to enter regional English. In terms of there even existing a community of speakers that could… Continue reading