Sunday, January 8, 2017

When a "-man" is a Woman

Pandosy Books is no longer in Pandosy Village but well east of it, near Spall. In November, while looking for books on the Okanagan -- its natural history, the Syilx people, the fur trade, missionaries, orchards, vineyards -- I discovered a box of postcards produced by Pioneer Postcards, a local outfit whose motto is "Keeping our heritage alive" and whose postage stamp marker is a horseless carriage. The postcard above ("Early 1900 basket weaver with west coast [cedar] rain hat") is from that box, while the word "Klootchman" below, though said to be Chinook Jargon, is not included in George Gibbs's 1863 dictionary.

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