Tag Archives: Martha Harney Johnson

New word: dark (colors)

At this stage, I don’t find many new Hanis words. Found one last night, however, a new word for ‘dark’. In St Clair’s (1903) and Frachtenberg’s work (1909) with Hanis speakers Jim Buchanan and Tom Hollis, they recorded a verb … Continue reading

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Access to Hanis recordings at UC Berkeley

Martha Harney Johnson was a Hanis woman, daughter of Jeff and Jane Harney.  She grew up in the intertribal community on the lower Siuslaw River.  When she died February 5 1972, she was the last fluent speaker of Hanis.  She … Continue reading

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New words!

So, while trying to chase down some Hanis Coos notes, I found a file with some more notes in it from Jane Sokolow in her work with Martha Harney Johnson in 1965.  Found a few extra words in it.  YAY! … Continue reading

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hyme-hyme

Roberta Hall, writing in The Coquille Indians: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow in 1980 wrote about a hooked stick used to pull down salmonberry stems so pickers could reach the berries. Coquilles remembered it was called a hyme-hyme. She was not … Continue reading

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Fun WIth Verbs

Well, I have been very bad at keeping up with regular posting around here. Sorry about that – I’ve been busy chasing after my daughter (who begins kindergarten next month!), working on language, and all those every day things that … Continue reading

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