Making Wawa

9780774815260: Hardback
Release Date: 30th October 2008

9780774815277: Paperback
Release Date: 1st July 2009

9780774815284: PDF
Release Date: 1st July 2009

Dimensions: 152 x 241

Number of Pages: 216

Series First Nations Languages

UBC Press

Making Wawa

The Genesis of Chinook Jargon

A two-edged sword of reconciliation and betrayal, Chinook Jargon (aka Wawa) arose at the interface of “Indian” and “White” societies in the Pacific Northwest. Wawa’s sources lie first in the language of the Chinookans who lived along the lower Columbia River ...
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A two-edged sword of reconciliation and betrayal, Chinook Jargon (aka Wawa) arose at the interface of “Indian” and “White” societies in the Pacific Northwest. Wawa’s sources lie first in the language of the Chinookans who lived along the lower Columbia River, but also with the Nootkans of the outer coast of Vancouver Island. With the arrival of the fur trade, the French voyageurs provided additional vocabulary and cultural practices. Over the next decades, ensuing epidemics and the Oregon Trail transformed the Chinookans and their homeland, and Wawa became a diaspora language in which many communities seek some trace of their past. A previously unpublished glossary of Wawa circa 1825 is included as an appendix to this volume.

Acknowledgments

A Note on Orthography

Introduction

1 The Nootka Jargon

2 Pidgin Chinook

3 Approximations at Astoria

4 The Hothouse of Fort Vancouver

5 Waves of Wawa

Conclusion

Appendix – Manuscript 195: A partially Annotated Early Glossary of Chinook Jargon

Chronology

Notes

References

Index

George Lang was the dean of arts at the University of Ottawa and the president of the Association des facultés et établissements de lettres et de sciences humaines (AFELSH).