COUNTING IN CHINOOK

     The numbers from one to ten are:

     One-half    Sitkum.

     One    Ict. ("Tilikums of Elttaes" spelling Ihkt.)

     Two    Mox. ("Tilikums of Elttaes" spelling Moxt.)

     Three    Klone.

     Four    Lokut.

     Five    Kwinum.

     Six    Tokum.

     Seven    Sinamox.

     Eight    Stotekin.

     Nine    Kwaist.

     Ten    Tatlum.

 From ten to twenty the numbers are made by using ten as start and adding the necessary number to make the total wanted, thus: "Tatlum-pe-ict," "Ten-and-one" (Eleven). "Tatlum-pe-stotekin," "Ten-and-eight" (Eighteen). "Tatlum-pe-kwinum," "Ten-and-five" (Fifteen), and so on, using any needed combination.

 Above nineteen a multiple of ten is used, thus: "Mox-tatlum," "Two-tens" (Twenty). "Klone-tatlum," "Three-tens" is "thirty"; "four-tens," "forty," etc. The units of any number above nineteen are indicated thus: "Mox-tatlum pe lokut," "Two-tens and four" (Twenty-four). "Kwinum-tatlum pe klone," "Five-tens and three" (Fifty-three), and so on up to "Tatlum-tatlum," "Ten-tens" (One hundred).

 One hundred is also called "Tukamonuk," but not often. "Tatlum-tukamonuk" is "Ten-hundreds" (One thousand).

 It is not often that numbers running very high are used in Chinook. In ordinary use the numbers up to twenty are frequently used and above that only seldom. When "one hundred" is reached the idea becomes "very many" in the Indian mind and is apt to be expressed as "hiyu" while "Hiyu-delate" is apt to cover numbers beyond one hundred, meaning "a-very-great-many."

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