“Chinook Jargon”

MUSEUM OF HISTORY AND INDUSTRY,
SEATTLE, WA

Objective:

Enable visitors to see the importance of Chinook Jargon to the development of relationships between different cultures present in the Central Puget Sound during the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

Services:

Content research and development, multimedia design and production, including language recognition software adaptation.

Description:

Visitors are traders trying to get down the river in the late 1700s. However, they are new to the area, and thus have none of the communication skills necessary to get what they need to survive. They must correctly pronounce Chinook Jargon phrases in order to do business with the Native American trader willing to give them a ride downriver, bridging the language barrier by using a language built from several different languages, including English.