LINGUIST List 25.1229
Mar 12 2014
A Second Stop in Western
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Sarah Fox <sarahlinguistlist.org>
A Second Stop in
Western North America
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Region 4 | Western North America | Fund Drive
Along the Pacific northwest coast area is
Oregon, Washington, British Columbia
and Alaska of the Unites States. The Western
states include California, Oregon
and Washington. California can be divided up to
Southern and Northern
We start in San Francisco. The city is famous
for the Golden Gate Bridge,
hilly streets and (a later cultural influx)
Chinese Food. Finally we will
visit the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. Let’s hear
the stories of the bridge,
take a short walking, and take some pictures
around the area.
Nearby there is also the UC-Berkeley.
UC-Berkeley contains the UC Berkeley
Department of Linguistics and the Phoebe A.
Heart Museum of Anthropology.
Together this is the largest collection of
Native American Artifacts related
to Linguistics in the world. For more info
follow the link for the article.
Going north we are faced with traveling the
coastline along the famous Route
101 and all it has to offer, or using a more
interior route. The interior
route includes The Sierra Nevada, a mountain
chain shared with Nevada. The
Sierra Nevada is home to The Sequoia National
Forest, Yosemite and Lake Tahoe.
Following this route into Oregon would lead us
to Crater Lake National Park
-famous for Crater Lake.
Although not in this narrow band along the
coast of Oregon, visitors could go
to Crater Lake National Park, home of (you
guessed it!!) Crater Lake. Made by
the collapse of the volcano Mount Mazama, the
lake is famous for its deep blue
color and water clarity. At 1,943 feet (592 m),
the lake is the deepest in the
United States. No rivers flow into or out of
Crater Lake. Crater Lake is also
known for the "Old Man of the Lake", a
full-sized tree which is now a stump
that has been bobbing vertically in the lake
for more than a century.
Getting back to the theme of the tour, there
are at least 8 different language
families represented in the northwest North
American coast area. These
languages include: Athabascan. Tsimushian,
Chinook, Tlingit, Haida, Chemakuan,
Wakashan and Salish. Of these 8, 5 have no
other known language affiliations
beyond the Northwest North American Coast.
Food among the more popular foods were smoked
salmon, ooligan and berries.
Salmon was often smoked or barbecued on cedar
sticks and still is. Ooligan
(hooligan)- a type of salt water smelt, was
harvested for its oil. The oil was
used to flavor foods and as a preservative.
Today Ooligan fat is still
processed, but uses more modern techniques.
Also, the ooligan (or hooligan)
run is a popular draw for the local population.
They catch them, cook them and
eat them. The more daring eaters can look for
“Alaskan Ice Cream”, a mix of
ooligan fat and berries, YUM!!
Stay tuned for next weeks region tour and learn
about another part of the
world during our trip!
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