Alex Code, Manager of the PoCo Heritage Museum, has joined our weekly learning sessions and has demonstrated a remarkable facility with Chinook Wawa. (See Alex’s video Sametl here).
He has also learned the script used for the Kamloops Wawa newspaper that was published in the late 1800s and early 1900s and was widely read by native people in the interior and to some extent on the coast.
Alex and friends have published a humorous version called Kaltash Wawa (Kaltash or Cultus means ’not very good’).
Chinook Dictionary by Shaw https://archive.org/details/chinookjargonhow00shawuoft
This is an excellent piece developed by the Grande Ronde Tribes of Oregon on words and etymologies https://lingpapers.sites.olt.ubc.ca/files/2018/02/2010_Zenk_Johnson_Hamilton.pdf