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Vickie Jensen and Jay Powell fonds
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Chinook Jargon

Series is made up of records relating to the creation of a Chinook Jargon dictionary, a Big Book created for the Quileute on Chinook Jargon, and lessons for a Chinook Jargon class at Langara College. Powell documented the use of Chinook Jargon in LaPush during research on the Quileute language. His informants used Chinook Jargon regularly, and he began to research the history of its use on the Northwest Coast with the intention of writing a book about it. The manuscript for his book was accepted by the publishing company Douglas and McIntyre, but as Powell was not satisfied with his work, publication did not take place. However, he did produce a number of works that have been used for education purposes in LaPush as well as in British Columbia.

Series comprises six sub-series:
A. Research materials
B. Field notes and correspondence
C. Unpublished manuscript and lessons
D. Chinook Jargon dictionary files

Publications

Consists of publications on the Quileute by Jensen and Powell. Includes copies of all the Quileute language phrase books called “Big Books,” as well as articles and other writings done on the Quileute.

Unpublished manuscript and lessons

Includes a number of versions of the unpublished manuscript titled <i>Chinook Jargon: The Language of Northwest History.</i> Also included are the lessons prepared for the Chinook Jargon classes taught by Powell at Langara College, 1974 – 75.

Counting book photographs

Consists of photographs taken for the series of education books called Counting books in the Big Book series. These images were staged specifically for this purpose and included many traditional activities, such as digging for camus bulbs

Historical and research photographs

Consists of photographs taken of historical prints and artefacts relating to the Quileute. These were taken at a number of institutions, including Brigham Young University in Utah, the Washing State Archives in Olympia, The Museum of Natural History, the Smithsonian, the Museum of the American Indian Heye Foundation, the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia, and the University of Washington Burke Museum.

B&W duplicates of slides

File consists of black and white duplicates of colour slides taken by Jensen. Colour printing was expensive at the time, so Jensen printed the images in black and white to use for research purposes.

ref # 3-1-H-1

Old community photographs

File consists of photographs taken of old photographs owned by community members in La Push. Jensen took the photographs in the owner's home and provided the owner with a copy of the image she created.

ref # 3-1-H-2

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