Tag Archive: hyas

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

Talk strange language

The Jargon was being reminisced about already in 1904! The Morning Oregonian (Portland, Or.), Thursday, June 21, 1904, page 12, columns 3-4 has this report of a typical pioneers’ get-together of the time, at… Continue reading

Te Deums: Hyas soclee tyee

Found in The Atlin [BC] Claim, Saturday, April 21, 1900, page 4, column 3. A classic 19th-century newspaper doggerel poem, which assumes the reader understands ‘Chinook’, titled Te Deums: TE DEUMS. “The Prince of… Continue reading

“Cumtuxiana”!

I transcribed this jocular musing on rampant borrowings into frontier-era Western US English, from the Daily Alta California newspaper, 3 August 1851, page 2, column 2 (top). There’s quite a trove of what… Continue reading

Chinook Jargon songs, part 2

This is another version of the song I blogged about in part 1.  It’s on page 62 of the same book.  (See also part 1, part 3 and part 4.) From ‘the papers… Continue reading

Chinook to the rescue

From Everybody’s Magazine (did O. Henry really edit it?).  Volume X, number 2 (February 1904), page 292. “Delate hyas kloshe papah.  Halo kultus wawa kopa ocoke Konaway Tilacums.  Delate skoom kumamook [sic].  … Continue reading

From Copenhagen to Okanogan, part 4

[Final installment.  See previous episodes for more info on this fascinating pioneer memoir…life in the Okanogan Highlands of Washington State, 1880s-1930s.  Most of what I’ve excerpted in this blog happened in the last… Continue reading