The Chinook Jargon:

Selected references for students and scholars

Totem pole in Pioneer Square

What's this all about? See the Oregon Encyclopedia for a description by Henry Zenk, Ph.D. Or try Wikipedia.

Presented on this site are four Chinook Jargon dictionaries from the past which are not available elsewhere on-line in convenient form, for the benefit of students or for reference by distant scholars.

In the Tenas Wawa section are excerpts from a Chinook Jargon magazine published in the 1990s by Duane Pasco, which serves as a tutorial in Chinook Jargon.

The map section delineates the region, past and present.

Best regards,
Jeffrey Kopp

Site created June 26, 1997; revised February 8, 2010. Web hosting courtesy of Jim Holton.

The totem pole pictured above stands in Pioneer Square at 1st and Yesler in Seattle. It came from southeast Alaska. (Photo courtesy of Philip Greenspun.)