After several decades of contact, ensuing epidemics brought demographic collapse to the Chinookans. Within another decade the region was radically transformed by the Oregon Trail. Wawa had acquired its present shape, but lost its homeland. It became a diaspora language in which many communities seek some trace of their past. A previously unpublished glossary of Wawa circa 1825 is included as an appendix to this volume.
Making Wawa will attract the attention of linguists, especially those involved in contact linguistics and the languages of the Pacific Northwest. It will also interest historians and other scholars interested in Native and gender studies, cross-cultural conflict, and transculturation.
A Note on Orthography
1 The Nootka Jargon
2 Pidgin Chinook
3 Approximations at Astoria
4 The Hothouse of Fort Vancouver
5 Waves of Wawa
Appendix – Manuscript 195: A partially Annotated Early Glossary of Chinook Jargon
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