Tag Archive: Chinook Jargon

“Fish house” part 2: the confirmation

Supposedly I discovered how to say “cannery” in Jargon.  Confirmation has arrived. In my blog post several days ago, I thought I spied the Wawa words pish haws (“fish house”) hiding, in distorted form, in… Continue reading

If you searched for…

Sometimes I notice people drifting in to my site looking for particular things relating to Chinook Jargon. Let me be of assistance (I had to guess at a couple of these): If you searched… Continue reading

Sluiskin’s warning! Kloshe nanich!

(Notice how I’m indulging in exclamations this week?!) Here, for you to practice reading connected Chinuk Wawa speech, is a much fuller account of the 1870 expedition to climb Mt. Rainier that was… Continue reading

Chinook Jargon and Asian immigrants, at Ricepaper magazine’s blog

Judith Ichisaka‘s good popular article in Ricepaper magazine, about Chinook Jargon with special emphasis on Asian immigrants, also got posted by Elliot Chan at that publication’s blog. It’s titled just plain “Chinook Jargon”.… Continue reading

Trains (not planes or automobiles) in Upper Chehalis

I was trying to figure out a long, complicated and obscure Lower Chehalis word by comparisons with nearby languages when I came upon a Chinook Jargon loan into Upper Chehalis Salish. M. Dale… Continue reading

Pigeon Indian, or, how to talk to the Chinese

From an 1887 article titled “Siwash potlatches”, a novel theory of why Chinese immigrants speak Chinook Jargon: It was while I was in Ta- coma, by the way, that a very gifted and… Continue reading

Video: The Chinook Jargon we never knew…but will!

This talk was fun to give! “The Chinook Jargon We Never Knew–But Will“ David Robertson speaks at Sam Sullivan’s Public Salon, April 3rd, 2013.

Mayne 1862: Chinook’ll get you to Yale, French to Kamloops

Four Years in British Columbia and Vancouver Island: An Account of Their Forests, Rivers, Coasts, Gold Fields and Resources for Colonisation By Richard C. Mayne.  London: John Murray, Albemarle Street, 1862. More or less a… Continue reading

VOVA!

Among the few (but increasing number of) websites where you can practice your Chinook Jargon, is VOVA. That’s the Vocal & Verbal Arts Archives.  They’re a nonprofit working for language documentation and revitalization;… 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