Tlingit gaming songs in CJ
drobert at TINCAN.TINCAN.ORG
Fri Mar 12 02:59:29 UTC 1999
'The songs had only a few words, long drawn out and repeated, and were
usually in Chinook Jargon, sometimes in another language. In June 1892
when a number of Canadian sealing schooners were seized in Bering Sea and
brought into Sitka, the crews of Vancouver Islanders and the Sitka Tlingit
inaugurated a season of gambling that lasted for several weeks, playing
daylong from morning to evening, although they did not speak each other's
language and could communicate only in a few words of English or Chinook.
But they played the same game without difficulty.
'The Sitkans sang in Chinook Jargon:
We have a good heart,
You cannot catch us,
We will not cheat you.'
-- From Emmons, George Thornton. "The Tlingit Indians." Edited ... by
Frederica de Laguna. Seattle: University of Washington, 1991.
(Anthropological Papers of the American Museum of Natural History, #70.)
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