Tag Archive: hyas

Some reminiscences of old Victoria

Some Reminiscences of Old Victoria, by Edgar Fawcett.  Toronto: William Briggs.  1912. A nicely told personal memoir by Fawcett (1847-1923, immigrated to Victoria 1859).  I read his words as accurately detailed, and they… 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

Mencken on Chinook Jargon’s influence

H.L. Mencken‘s famous 1945 book on “The American Language” (Supplement 1) gets into the subject of Chinook Jargon’s influence on our English, on pages 310-311. I hear a wisely skeptical voice in his… Continue reading

The Chahco-Hyler (!) group of Campfire Girls

By November 24, 1921, the Portland Oregonian was reporting on the activities of a Chahco-Hyler, or its non-typo’ed version, the Chahco Hyas Group of the Campfire Girls. In the context, I take the name to have… Continue reading

Blazing the way, by Emily Denny

Blazing the Way: Or, true stories, songs and sketches of Puget Sound and other pioneers. By Emily Inez Denny. Seattle: Rainier Printing Company, Inc. 1909. I enjoyed noticing on page 33 of this… Continue reading

Lines by a klootchman

From the Steilacoom (Washington Territory) Puget Sound Herald, Friday, October 14, 1859, front page I reckon. This one’s what was in early 1960s pop music called an “answer song” 🙂 (If you don’t… 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 Jargon realia I

Chinook Jargon realia I, shown twice life size: A Chinuk Wawa ribbon from my archive with the text on front, WASHINGTON Quanisum pechugh illahee, tenas alta,  delate hyas kloshe, alki.  Kloshe nanitch. And… Continue reading

The hoary anecdote of the Spotted Tails

Newspapers have a custom of printing stories from sources far away. In the 21st century, that’s because they get so much from online sources.  In the 20th, it was wire services like AP… Continue reading