Joe Peter was an aboriginal person born just north of Fort Vancouver in 1894. His family languages included the Salishan Cowlitz and Sahaptin languages.

In 1941, the great linguist J. P. Harrington arranged for his assistant Jack Marr to make extensive recordings of Joe Peter translating the Chinook Texts documented by Franz Boas.

Harrington thought Joe Peter would be translating them into traditional Chinook but it turns out Peter was actually speaking Chinook Jargon.

They recorded 30 separate aluminum cylinder recordings of approximately 20 minutes each resulting in a total of 10 hours which were discovered after decades being mislabeled in storage.

The Joe Peter recordings are incredibly valuable for BC Chinook Jargon as they gives important insights into the Fort Vancouver version of the language.

After Britain gave up the territory to the US in 1846, the Chinook Jargon speaking leadership of Fort Vancouver led by Governor James Douglas as well as the leading Chinook Jargon scholar Modeste Demers moved to Victoria.

The following initial translations have been made by Sam Sullivan although the quality of the recordings means there are still questions around some of the words.

We welcome any suggestions on how to improve these translations: