Tag Archive: kanakas

Townsend’s narrative: Bird Chief and the Indian dogs

J.K. Townsend.  1839.  Narrative of a journey across the Rocky Mountains, to the Columbia River…  Philadelphia: Henry Perkins. At least in the Chinook Jargon world, this book by an influential naturalist is an… Continue reading

“Kanaka(s)” in old newspapers

It’s often been noted with interest that Chinook Jargon, and 19th-century English in the greater Northwest, both had a word specifically for Pacific Islanders: kanaka.  There were plenty of Islanders out here at the… Continue reading