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The Northwest coast; or, Three years' residence in Washington Territory Swan, James G., 1818-1900


"One chapter contains remarks on the Chinook jargon and includes a Chinook jargon vocabulary of two hundred and fifty words. Also: London, Sampson Low, Son & Co., 1857." -- Lowther, B. J., & Laing, M. (1968). A bibliography of British Columbia: Laying the foundations, 1849-1899. Victoria, BC: University of Victoria, p. 7.

"'The intention of this volume is to give a general and concise account of that portion of the northwest coast lying between the Straits of Fuca and the Columbia River': - Pref., p[v] The majority of the illustrations are by Swan, a native of Massachusetts and a nephew of Captain William Tufts, fur trader. He lived at Shoalwater Bay from 1852 to 1856 and later took up permanent residence in Washington State, making important contributions to ethnological research. Appendix: pp.411-412. [Extracts from the 1846 Treaty, the 1850 Donation law and the Act of 1853]- PP.412-421. A vocabulary of the Chehalis and Chenook or Jargon languages, with the derivation of the words used in the latter.- pp.421-422. List of words in the Nootkan language the most in use, from John R. Jewitt's Narrative.- pp.423-425. Account of the vessels engaged in the sea-otter fur trade on the northwest coast prior to 1808.-pp.425-42g. General Gibb's letter on the cause of the Indian troubles in Washington Territory." -- Strathern, G. M. , & Edwards, M. H. (1970). Navigations, traffiques & discoveries, 1774-1848: A guide to publications relating to the area now British Columbia. Victoria, BC: University of Victoria, p. 282.

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