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Thread #69992   Message #1206046
Posted By: dianavan
13-Jun-04 - 12:43 AM
Thread Name: Chinook Jargon Songs
Subject: RE: Chinook Jargon Songs
Thank-you so much for this thread. As an American hybrid living in Canada I am pretty out of touch with my grandmother's language. Oddly enough, I can still still remember the intonnation and my tongue quite easily produces the sounds. Alas, I am far too distant to learn to speak the language - the best I can do is remember the stories and hope that your children will learn Chinook and thereby feel cultural pride.

I still feel the pride of being born to such a strong and powerful people. The land was rich and the people, prosperous. I still visit our hunting and fishing spots and longingly remember my younger years - fishing smelt, salmon and sturgeon, digging razor clams, hunting deer and elk and ducks too. Mostly I remember running along the beach at low tide with my cousins. What a life!

I am so happy and proud to know that we are no longer extinct.