Map Description: Chinook Jargon, also known as Chinook Wawa, is a pidgin that draws it’s vocabulary from Nootka, Canadian French, and English. It is thought that Chinook Jargon originated as a trade language along Pacific coast from Oregon to Alaska. While an exact date of origin is highly debated many scholars agree that it was widely used in the 19th century. Chinook Jargon would have made it possible for First Nations peoples, Native Americans and Europeans as well as speakers of other languages to communicate for trade. This map shows Chinook Jargon placenames that cover the United States and Canada.