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Chinook Jargon

Chinook Jargon

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An article describing the Chinook Jargon of the Pacific Northwest written by George and Terry Goulet, historians for the B.C. Metis Federation.
An article describing the Chinook Jargon of the Pacific Northwest written by George and Terry Goulet, historians for the B.C. Metis Federation.

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Published by: Lawrence J. Barkwell on May 15, 2014
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