“In the future, everyone will ride this kind of horse”

*Scroll to the bottom for my Mother’s Day note ūüôā Talk about steampunk! ¬†The guy was a straight-up 1890s geek: Father Le Jeune of the¬†Kamloops Wawa showed his fancy for technology in many… Continue reading


Getting right to today’s idea, the fur trade and otters were way less important in the Pacific NW by the 1890s era of the¬†Kamloops Wawa newspaper. So the old Chinuk Wawa words for… Continue reading

PRI.org: How trade shaped an Amerindian Creole in the Pacific Northwest

And over at the PRI.org site, another interview with that fella named after an early Northwest explorer about an early Northwest language. (David Douglas Robertson PhD.) (Chinuk Wawa.) A fun little read.

Life among the Hare Indians, in Chinuk Wawa

Today I’m sharing more humor in Jargon. Via Father Le Jeune’s reporting, Bishop Grouard has told us about life among the Crees and the Inuit; now the Athabaskan Hare Indians¬†of Canada’s¬†Northwest Territories: ¬†… Continue reading

More Chinook Jargon in old Spokane

Jack Nisbet the other day was asking me how early¬†Chinook Jargon was used in the Spokane area. I happened to find Randall Harold Kemp’s book, “A Half-breed Dance, and Other Far Western Stories:¬†Mining… Continue reading

Amusing, with a donkey

Yay, more donkeys! Sometimes in his¬†Kamloops Wawa¬†newspaper, Father Le Jeune would try to teach people who knew “Chinuk pipa” shorthand some English. Like any teacher, L.J. gave some lessons that we have to… Continue reading

Life among the Inuit, in Chinuk Wawa

I promised this when I showed you “Life among the Crees, in Chinuk Wawa“, and I deliver. Visiting Kamloops Indian Reserve, Monsignor Grouard OMI of Athabasca is lecturing about his business trips. Now… Continue reading

“Tillicum” and Chinuk Wawa, on PRI’s “The World”

So this linguist guy showed up on the radio all over the place again, yesterday. ¬†It was on Public Radio International. The show called “PRI’s The World”¬†is running a series, “Name Tag”, about… Continue reading

From mulishness to jackassery

Thus my website improves ūüôā I’ve written about how Chinuk Wawa words for “mule” include some of the rare Spanish loans into this language, mulo¬†and¬†mula. ¬†The kinda hard to use, but deeply valuable,… Continue reading

Life among the Crees, in Chinuk Wawa

(Tune in next time for Life among the Inuit, in Chinuk Wawa. ¬†I promise!) Sometimes you can’t find the sun, but the fish won’t leave you alone: Life among the Crees, as told… Continue reading