Kanaka influence (fwd)

David Robertson drobert at TINCAN.TINCAN.ORG
Thu Mar 4 02:53:43 UTC 1999

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Date: Thu, 2 Mar 2000 11:40:27 -0800
From: lisapeppan at juno.com
Subject: Re: Kanaka influence (fwd)

For What It's Worth.

There were two Sandwich Islanders with Fort Langley's founding party 27
June 1827: Como and Peopeoh.

>From _Fort Langley Journals: 1827-30_ editor Morag MacLachlan. 1998.
Quoting pertinent portion of footnote regarding the 25 man founding

"[...] Como, born in Hawaii in 1795, started his service with the North
West Company and died at Fort Vancouver in 1850 (information supplied by
Bruce Watson).  Peopeoh, according to Jason Allard in his
_Reminiscences_, was a relative of the "Kings of the Sandwich Islands"
who acted as a guardian of the Hawaiians employed by the Hudson Bay
Company.  He was a central figure in the Hawaiian settlement on Kanaka
See Duncan 1972; Morton 1988; and Barman 1995."

Both men are still at FL on 25 Feb 1830; both had re-engaged for 2 more
years . . . and both had wives, where they hadn't in 1827.

"Kanaka" -- BW -- translates into "human being" (so says my New Pocket
Hawaiian Dictionary)

For what it's worth.

Lisa P
Edmonds, WA
lisapeppan at juno.com                                         ICQ # 4894690
Family Research at http://members.tripod.com/~LisaPeppan/

On Sun, 28 Feb 1999 "Alan H. Hartley" <ahartley at d.umn.edu> writes:

> 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
> 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
> 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."

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