Many words for Douglas-fir

Quick note – sorry for the long blog silence! I thought it was about time I posted again…

Anyway, I noticed that in Hanis Coos there are a lot of words for douglas fir, the most common conifer in western Oregon. A general term for it is sagwa, but the most commonly found word for it is tskwatlis (or tskwatlas), which specifically means old growth fir tree and bark. The bark on old growth fir trees is thick, and this bark was often gathered for firewood.

The wood was called halq.


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