Kanaka influence (fwd)

David Robertson drobert at TINCAN.TINCAN.ORG
Tue Mar 2 15:55:19 UTC 1999

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Date: Wed, 1 Mar 2000 06:23:08 -0800 (PST)
From: tyee samadlin <skookum_burdash at yahoo.com>
To: David Robertson <drobert at TINCAN.TINCAN.ORG>,
Subject: Re: Kanaka influence (fwd)

> Subject: Kanaka influence
> Alexander Chamberlain in Hodge _Hdbk Amer. Indians_
> I.539:
> "Toward the middle of the 19th century (Hale, Oregon
> Trade Language, 19,
> 1890) the Hawaiian language was spoken by about 100
> Sandwich Islanders
> employed as laborers about Ft Vancouver, Wash...In
> 1891 there lived
> among the Kutenai an Indian nicknamed Kanaka.
> Murdoch (9th Rep. B.A.E.,
> 55, 1892) notes that several Hawaiian words have
> crept into the jargon
> as used by the western Eskimo and white whalers and
> traders who come
> into contact with them, and one or two of these
> words have even come to
> be employed by the Pt Barrow Eskimo among
> themselves; but there is no
> evidence that the Chinook jargon contains a Hawaiian
> element."

Other than the early 19th Century variant of the
Jargon spoken specifically by the Kanakas, which is
mentioned in the famous quote from HBC Gov. Simpson
and alluded to concerning the 100 Sandwich Islanders
at Fort Vancouver.....
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