Elders Speaking Chinook Wawa

One of the best ways to learn any language is to listen and one of the best ways to listen is listening to elders. Although it has historically been difficult to find recordings of Chinook online, http://www.bcchinookwawa.ca has made several amazing recordings available, transcribed and translated by Sam Sullivan. Visit their site to see themContinue reading “Elders Speaking Chinook Wawa”

Besieged in Peking

Pulled from the Chinook Jargon language newspaper, the Kamloops Wawa, this articles recounts the Boxer siege of a Catholic church in Beijing. Thank you to David Robertson for the transcription and translation. I am only a student of Chinook Jargon, please forgive any mistakes. You can read the story with annotations from David Robertson here:Continue reading “Besieged in Peking”

Coldwater – A Tale of Repression and Resistance

Both a chilling tale of colonial repression of traditional indigenous practices and an inspiring tale of the resistance of those who stood up for their beliefs. This is the story of several indigenous men from Coldwater Reserve BC, Canada, who confronted French Catholic missionary Jean-Marie Le Jeune and stood up for their traditional beliefs. TheContinue reading “Coldwater – A Tale of Repression and Resistance”

The Tale of Sametl – A Traditional W̱SÁNEĆ Story Told in the Chinook Jargon

The traditional W̱SÁNEĆ tale of SAMEȽ (Sametl) as told in Chinook Jargon by Thomas Paul. Collected by Melville Jacobs in the 1930s. Want to learn more about Chinook Jargon? Start here: https://chinookjargon.com/​ I tried my best to follow the pronunciation as recorded in the text, but some mistakes were made.