The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde
with Arlie Neskahi
Welcome to Wisdom of the Elders. I’m Arlie Neskahi.
The old man brought the woman out of the long cedar house to show the Bostons – the Chinookan name for Americans. The Bostons had returned in their canoes, and the one named Clark had wanted to know why most of the houses in their village were in ruins. “What had happened to all the people?” The old man showed him the face of the woman. It bore the scars of the deadly sickness. He spoke in a simplified Chinookan. “Ya-qwá kanawi d∂lxam mim∂lust.” Here, all the people died.