Tag Archive: Chinuk Wawa

Jimmy’s Kill, a Tsimshian tsall tsale

J.H. McGregor, “Jimmy’s Kill“.  BC Mining Record.  Christmas Supplement, 1900, pages 68-72. A narrative seemingly based on the writer’s actual experiences in far northwestern British Columbia, “Jimmy’s Kill” has dialogue that rings true… Continue reading


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

POLL: What to call this language?

Someone asked me on Facebook what we should call this language. She’d been told that some names for it might have negative connotations for certain people. Would you vote for your top 2… Continue reading

A voyage round the world: With a history of the Oregon mission…

[&c.]  By Gustavus Hines.  1850.  Buffalo: George H. Derby & Co. Page 31: Mr. D[aniel] Lee and Mr. Perkins learned the Chenook language ‘as spoken in the vicinity of Vancouver’, Washington. Page 167:… Continue reading

Camping on the Trail: Or, some of my experiences in the Indian country

1902.  By Edward S. Farrow.  [“Late assistant instructor of tactics at the United States Military Academy, West Point, and formerly commanding Indian Scouts in the Department of the Columbia.”] Philadelphia: American Arms Publishing… Continue reading

From Copenhagen to Okanagan, part 3

[See part 1 for full info on this fascinating memoir of life in the Washington Okanagan country, 1880s-1930s.  It’s still in print, apparently, from Okanogan County Historical Society.  Click the picture to visit… Continue reading

Komox or Comox, and “dog”?

Sometimes people familiar with Vancouver Island, BC, wonder if the name “Comox” is a spelling of Chinook Jargon’s word for “dog”. Comox is a town on the north-central coast of the island.  This… Continue reading

You can download my dissertation on Chinook Jargon

If you’re interested in Chinook Jargon, you can download the dissertation I just defended in the University of Victoria’s department of linguistics: “Kamloops Chinuk Wawa, Chinuk pipa, and the vitality of pidgins“ It’s… Continue reading

Glimpses of Three Coasts

Jackson, Helen (H.H.).  1886.  Glimpses of three coasts.  Boston: Roberts Brothers. [This is a travel book, the sections being I. California and Oregon, II. Scotland and England and III. Norway, Denmark and Germany.–DDR]… Continue reading

Pig-Tail Days in Old Seattle, cont’d

See my previous post for the bibliographic info on this one.  Picking up where I left off: – page 57, about Spring Street: “The first families had to lolo chuck (carry water) from… Continue reading