My Life, by Louis Kenoyer was dictated in Tualatin Northern Kalapuya by Louis Kenoyer, the last known speaker of that language. A rare, first-person narrative by a Native American describing life on an Oregon reservation, Kenoyer's account tells the story of his childhood on the late-nineteenth century Grand Ronde Reservation. It includes compelling descriptions of daily life in the reservation community, capturing the intermingling of new Euro-American ways with persisting indigenous beliefs and practices. The first quarter of the narrative was dictated to Jaime de Angulo and L. S. Freeland in 1928, the remainder to Melville Jacobs in 1936, Louis Kenoyer died in 1957, before Jacobs could complete a translation with him. Jacobs subsequently prepared a transcript from the translated portions of the text, but the last quarter of the complete narrative remained untranslated unlit now. Henry Zenk and Jedd Schrock drew on the previously translated portions of the narrative, as well as on available supporting linguistic, ethnographic, and historical documentation, to complete the work for this volume. The result is a complete bilingual English-Tualatin text, accompanied by extensive notes and commentary providing historical and ethnographic context.
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About the Author
Henry Zenk (baxawádas) was born in 1868 at Grand Ronde Reservation, Oregon. He died in 1937 at Yakama Reservation, Washington.
Jedd Schrock received a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Oregon. Since 1998 he has been a linguistic consultant for the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde. He compiled and edited Chinuk Wawa as Our Elders Teach Us to Speak It, a new Chinuk Wawa dictionary published by the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde.
Dow Beckham is a language learner, teacher, and documentarian. He earned an MA in Linguistics from Northeastern Illinois University. He lives in Portland, Oregon, where his interests have centered primarily on the Native languages of Western Oregon and Washington.
Table of Contents
Foreword Stephen Dow Beckham vii
The Story of My Life Louis Kenoyer 1
The Grand Ronde Tribes 7
Life on the Nineteenth-Century Reservation 13
Louis Kenoyer in Later Life 25
Notes and Commentary 32
Text Presentation and Translation
Louis Kenoyer's Narrative as Oral Literature 49
Parsing Kenoyer's Narrative 51
The Tualatin Text 56
Notes and Commentary 60
1 Three Chiefs of the Bygone Era 64
2 Kenoyer's Reminiscences, as Told in 1928 70
3 Daily Life on the Farm 100
4 Hunting Mt. Hebo with Yamhill Joe 120
5 More Daily Life on the Farm; a Hop-Picking Excursion 136
6 Horse-Racing 144
7 Working and Going to Church 162
8 Daily Life in the Sisters' School 170
9 Serving Mass for Fr. Croquet 188
10 More Daily Life in the Sisters' School 196
11 A Tale of Two Doctoring Traditions 242
12 Another Off-Reservation Work Trip 262
13 Fourth of July Festivities 274
Notes and Commentary 293