Open to sites relating to Chinook Jargon, a contact language which began forming in the 18th Century between speakers of Nootka and Old Chinook, and the English and French, primarily for trading purposes. There have not been native speakers of Chinook Jargon for generations, but isolated words remain in the modern Native lexicon, and a form of it is reported to be used on the Grand Ronde Reservation in Oregon, USA. With other endangered Native languages, a movement exists to preserve Chinook Jargon for cultural identity and enjoyment.
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A description of Chinook Jargon with definitions of a few sample words.
The Chinook Jargon
An introduction to this trading pidgin comprised of Native American, English and French words used by the pioneers and Indians on the western frontier.
Gibbs' Dictionary of the Chinook Jargon
A complete reprint of: Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections (161), A Dictionary of the Chinook Jargon, or Trade Language of Oregon. Prepared for the Smithsonian Institution by George Gibbs. Washington: Smithsonian Institution: March, 1863.
Semi-monthly newsletter about the Chinook Jargon, a mixture of French, Northwest native languages and English. This is an extensive site with grammar, vocabulary, history, news articles and maps.
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