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Posted By: GUEST,dancinmiriam
16-Aug-13 - 07:48 PM
Thread Name: Chinook Jargon Songs
Subject: RE: Chinook Jargon Songs
I came across this thread trying to look up Chinook song, for many and varied reasons - one: I am a dancer and director and have been 'commissioned' to create a ballet (I'm in No. Calif. - Klamath/Mad River etc.) and have settled on giving it 'place' as Pac. Northwest. I am originally from the WA, and my family specifically grew up in the Cowlitz River area. My other connection is that I saw dianavan mention the Cowlitz and her mother/grandmother and couldn't resist the temptation of finding another connection - my grandfather who had a farm in the mountains around the Cowlitz, spoke Chinook (though now I don't know if it was 'CJ' or true Chinook), worked with the Chinook prior to and during the Depression, and was a poet and songwriter. He wrote a published song about the Cowlitz in fact. I read some of his songs and poetry and it sounds so like some of Niatum's in its phrasing. Finally, does anyone know of composers of some of these songs for Western instrumentation?