Tag Archives: Lower Umpqua

Translating for film; or, You’ll Never Work In This Town Again

Jed Smith Documentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QeNtFRLDrnA I picked up a book of essays about translating Native American speech and stories, “Born in the Blood” edited by Brian Swann. One of the essays is “In the Words of Powhatan: Translation across Space and … Continue reading

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Reconstructing some snake and salamander names in Siuslaw/Quuiich

The other day I mentioned Bissell and his work in 1881 on getting a word list from an unidentified Lower Umpqua speaker. He did get a lot of words no one else got, and from his peculiar way of writing … Continue reading

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Wherein I find Ki-o-tco-ní lum hilarious

A man named George Bissell interviewed a Lower Umpqua woman in 1881 to get a considerable word list of the language from her. Sadly, he did not identify her by name, but he did say he thought she was about … Continue reading

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Well, THAT explains things a bit more

Unidentified man in photo taken at Fort Umpqua, 1857-1862 So back in 2014 I wrote about finding an 1860s newspaper article on the Indians of the Alsea Subagency attacking an employee, Thomas Clark or Clarke (who was supposed to teach … Continue reading

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Milhau’s Lower Umpqua wordlist, 1856

Above: Image of man at Fort Umpqua, 1850s In my previous post I wrote about Dr. John Milhau’s wordlist of Hanis that he made in the autumn of 1856 while stationed at Fort Umpqua. He also made a word list … Continue reading

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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

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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

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