Tag Archives: Hanis

What is that mystery phrase anyway?

So I have been working on translating a Siuslaw story that Jim Buchanan told to Harry Hull St Clair in 1903, and was published years later by Leo Frachtenberg in Coos Texts. It is the last story in the book … Continue reading

Posted in Vocabulary comparisons, vocabulary words | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Puzzles in the First Coosan Wordlist, 1856

In autumn of 1856, physician John J. Milhau was stationed at Fort Umpqua. At the time he was a young man of 28, and had been raised and educated in New York City. He wrote down word lists of what … Continue reading

Posted in Fort Umpqua, History, Vocabulary comparisons, vocabulary words | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

Hanis Coos recordings from 1941 at Smithsonian

John Peabody Harrington was an eccentric yet talented linguist whose decades of work recorded numerous indigenous languages – including Hanis, Siuslaw-Lower Umpqua and some Milluk in 1942. Other Oregon languages he worked on in the 1930s and 40s include several … Continue reading

Posted in vocabulary words | Tagged | Leave a comment

Tattooing of the Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw

Tattooing was a traditional art in many Native American communities, and in recent years many tribes have been reviving these customs. I’ll focus primarily on Coos Bay, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw (CLUS) tattoos in this post, along with what information … Continue reading

Posted in History | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Dentalium

Dentalium are white, tusk shaped shells that have been valued as money and beads for millenia among Native people. The usual dentalium people preferred in Oregon was a species known as Dentalium pretiosum. They are a kind of snail, living … Continue reading

Posted in basketry, Historical photos, History | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Translations and meanings aren’t always settled: Rethinking the definition of kahlalis

First, I want to thank Troy Anderson for pointing me out to Milluk examples of a word I was looking for, kahlalis/qahlalis. While going through Jim Buchanan’s story of “Night Rainbow” I noticed a Hanis word, kahlalis, that Frachtenberg (who … Continue reading

Posted in Myths, vocabulary words | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Place name of the day: Tree-Fall-Place

There wasn’t a village here on what was once a bluff above the bay – though it was located between a tightly packed string of villages to the north (like Q’alaxaich, Mahakwin, Gahakich & Da’nis) and south (Shuutlits) of it – … Continue reading

Posted in vocabulary words | Tagged , | Leave a comment