A trip to Metaline

To paraphrase Daniel Johnston, have you been to Metaline?  If you had visited that mining camp on the BC border in Washington’s first year of statehood, you might have found Chinook Jargon useful.… Continue reading

Roy I. Rochon’s “The Yakama guide who led the first Rainier ascent”

Roy I. Rochon Wilson has a neat historical piece in Centralia, WA’s The Chronicle (“Serving the greater Lewis County , Wash., area since 1889”) Friday, March 8th, 2013.  The biographical note on the author tells… Continue reading

Idle No More

Idle No More! A flash mob singing a Chinook Jargon song at Park Royal shopping centre, West Vancouver, BC. Commenters there (YouTube) have explained the lyrics.

The Grand Tyhee!

In honor and memory of my dad, Bob Robertson, who died a few days ago: While an Alaska State Trooper in the 1960s, Dad wrote a history of law enforcement from territorial days… Continue reading

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