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Just sharing some fun on language

“The Two Nouskilli Women”

This story was first posted October 2016.  In Frachtenberg’s work with Jim Buchanan, he translated nuuskilii as ‘giantesses’ or ‘the big women’, and he included three stories of them in his book “Coos Texts” (see sidebar). Frachtenberg got alternate versions in … Continue reading

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Pitch-Dress Ogress

This story was first posted in April 2013. I’ve added a little more material from that first post. Nuusgili (or nuusgili) is a Hanis and Milluk word that has been translated variously as ‘giantess’ or ‘ogress’. There is not much in the … Continue reading

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Whatever happened to Minnehaha

Unlike the previous stories, this one is not about a mythological being (or, since many believe in the existence of bigfoot I might say, presumed mythological), but about a real person. I first wrote about Minnehaha’s mysterious disappearance in 2013. It’s time … Continue reading

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Wild Beings of the Wood

This was first published 2/4/13. The eshon (rhymes with the English word ‘ashen’) was a dangerous entity that lurked in lonely places in the hills.  They are distinct from the Giant People/Forest people written about yesterday, as they are not regarded as malevolent. … Continue reading

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The Forest People

First published February 2, 2013. I’ve edited it slightly. Legends of giant hairy humanoids are told around the world. The Oregon coast has its own traditions. Our ‘bigfoot’ is not exactly identical to the popular modern legends. They do agree … Continue reading

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Shuutlits (Forest Fires) and the Willanch Monster

This was first posted October 13 2015. I’ve edited a little from the original. For millennia, coastal Oregon Indian people often set fires to manage the landscape to encourage the growth of desired plants– annually in camas and tarweed (Madia) fields, and … Continue reading

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Coalbank Slough

Looking through some archival materials uploaded by a friend, I found some notes I had not seen before taken down in the early 1930s by a man named Maloney that were included in Jacobs’ papers (a friend sent him a … Continue reading

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