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Thread #69992   Message #1206354
Posted By: semi-submersible
13-Jun-04 - 04:10 PM
Thread Name: Chinook Jargon Songs
Subject: RE: Chinook Jargon Songs
Dianavan, is the language you remember from your grandmother, the language of the Chinook people, or the Chinook trade jargon (derived from English, French, Salish, Chinook, etc)?

I understand the Chinook tribe had a strong culture and strategic location (resources & trade routes). However, when the settlers came (fences, new diseases, firearms), that was the location they wanted...all of it...

But extinct? Even the Beothuk of Newfoundland left descendants among the Mi'kmaq (Micmac). Culture is never static. If a People choose, they can rise again today.

At Langara College in Vancouver some years back, there were more library records (tapes, etc.) of the Chinook Language than of the Chinook Jargon. You may find the same at other universities, etc. Good hunting!