A Voice Great Within Us

by Charles Lillard, Terry Glavin

NEW STAR BOOKS | November 28, 1998 | Trade Paperback

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Skookum, cultus, hyack, saltchuck, klahowya, tillicum: It is in words like these that the last vestiges of a lost British Columbian language remain. It was known as "Chinook". Its use today is mainly confined to colloquialisms, and place names like Boston Bar, Canim Lake, Illahee Mountain, Snass Creek, and Skookumchuck. It began as a trading jargon, but it soon evolved into a distinct West Coast tongue. Down through the years, as many as a quarter of a million people relied on it. Chinook was an everyday necessity.

A Voice Great Within Us consists of an introductory essay by Glavin exploring the development and spread of Chinook throughout the West Coast, and the place it continues to have in our history; the Chinook poem, "Rain Language"; Lillard’s own essay on the part that Chinook played in his own life and exploration of British Columbia. In addition, A Voice Great Within Us includes a lexicon containing hundreds of Chinook words and expressions and a map and gazetteer of British Columbia, showing eighty Chinook place names in this province.

A Voice Great Within Us is Number 7 in the Transmontanus series.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 128 pages, 8.75 × 8 × 0.25 in

Published: November 28, 1998

Publisher: NEW STAR BOOKS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0921586566

ISBN - 13: 9780921586562

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A Voice Great Within Us

by Charles Lillard, Terry Glavin

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 128 pages, 8.75 × 8 × 0.25 in

Published: November 28, 1998

Publisher: NEW STAR BOOKS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0921586566

ISBN - 13: 9780921586562

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Skookum, cultus, hyack, saltchuck, klahowya, tillicum: It is in words like these that the last vestiges of a lost British Columbian language remain. It was known as "Chinook". Its use today is mainly confined to colloquialisms, and place names like Boston Bar, Canim Lake, Illahee Mountain, Snass Creek, and Skookumchuck. It began as a trading jargon, but it soon evolved into a distinct West Coast tongue. Down through the years, as many as a quarter of a million people relied on it. Chinook was an everyday necessity.

A Voice Great Within Us consists of an introductory essay by Glavin exploring the development and spread of Chinook throughout the West Coast, and the place it continues to have in our history; the Chinook poem, "Rain Language"; Lillard’s own essay on the part that Chinook played in his own life and exploration of British Columbia. In addition, A Voice Great Within Us includes a lexicon containing hundreds of Chinook words and expressions and a map and gazetteer of British Columbia, showing eighty Chinook place names in this province.

A Voice Great Within Us is Number 7 in the Transmontanus series.

About the Author

Born in Long Beach, California, Charles Lillard grew up and was educated in Alaska. Following visits to the BC coast, he left Alaska and enrolled in the Creative Writing program at the University of British Columbia. In his lifetime, he published several poetry books, edited many historical publications, including The Malahat Review and wrote extensively on the history of British Columbia. He passed away on March 27, 1997 leaving his collaborator Terry Glavin to finish A Voice Great Within Us, Number 7 in the Transmontanus series.

Terry Glavin is a BC author and journalist whose writing has appeared in various newspapers and magazines, including a regular column in the Georgia Straight. His writing about aboriginal people has earned him several regional and national journalism awards. He is currently the editor of the Transmontanus books series, as well as adjunct professor in the fine arts department of the University of British Columbia. He lives in Victoria, BC.

From Our Editors

A Voice Great Within Us is the story of the lost language of Chinook. Charles Lilland was writing this book about Chinook when he died in the spring of 1997. In efforts to complete the unfinished work, Terry Glavin wrote an introductory essay and contributed a poem of his own. Rain Language is the only long poem composed in Chinook during the 20th century. A Voice Great Within Us consists of Glavin's contributions and Lilland's own essay on the part Chinook played in his life, as well as an exploration of its role throughout British Columbia. A map and index of Chinook place names and hundreds of words and expressions complete this unique linguistic and historical look at West Coast heritage.
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