Tag Archive: chinook

Potlatch lamala, at White Bluffs on the Columbia, really?

In the Nakusp (BC) Ledge, September 12, 1895, a leisurely installment of “Odd Talks with Old-Timers” hears out an unnamed Cariboo pioneer, possibly the newspaper’s editor.  This old codger of a first-person narrator recalls… Continue reading


It’s a 4-banger!!!!  (Bang=exclamation point, in typesetter lingo.) I put it in capitals to make it seem like headline news.  You’ve got to compete with CNN and Fox News these days. Really, what… Continue reading

Shinook and other Native loans to English

A friend on Facebook brought up the subject of how people pronounce the word “Chinook” in English. I gave him more of a response than he was asking for—the perils of conversation with… Continue reading

Tilikums of Elttaes & the Seattle Potlatch boosters

The Tilikums of Elttaes were “a bunch of boosters“.  Do you know more about them?  Add it in a comment. Their early 20th-century organization was headed by a Hyas Tyee or Tyee Kopa Konaway. It… Continue reading

Caroline Leighton, Life at Puget Sound

“Life at Puget Sound: With Sketches of Travel in Washington Territory, British Columbia, Oregon, and California, 1865-1881″ Boston: Lee and Shepard / New York: Charles T. Dillingham, 1884 The title and subtitle tell you… Continue reading

Chinook and owls?

I happened to notice one word for owls in both Cowlitz and Upper Chehalis, a couple of Salish languages from the original homeland of Chinook Jargon: Cowlitz – čənóʔkʷšitm “owl (hawk?)” Upper Chehalis… Continue reading

Albert Veranous Franklin, Tatla Lake, BC, talks Chinook

Thanks to Sam Sullivan and Robert ‘Rob’ ‘Lucky’ Budd for pointing this gem out!   Robert Budd’s hit book “Voices of British Columbia” sounds like a great read!  Here is a little something… Continue reading

Tomanowish and the Nespelim riders, conversing in Chinook with the buckayros

From a first-class book out of Washington State University Press in Pullman, WA titled Forgotten Trails: Historical Sources of the Columbia’s Big Bend Country by Ron Anglin (1995): Page 145: In July of 1858,… Continue reading

Opening the remaining half of the Colville Reservation to settlement, 1906

The context of the book I’m blogging about today is that in 1906 there was a plan to throw open the remaining, southern, half of the Colville Indian Reservation in north-central Washington state… Continue reading

Report of the Columbia Mission

Report of the Columbia Mission.  London: Rivingtons, Waterloo Place, 1860 [sic]. A record of the doings of Dr. George Hills (hardly mentioned by name in this book!), the first Anglican Bishop of Columbia, on the Northwest… Continue reading