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That’s the number of hits as of just now; nearly to 200 k! There was amazing interest in the Tamanowas Rock post yesterday- 800 hits! Stay dry and warm.




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  1. Hello Dave!

    Thank you so much for the update on ‘the rock’! I’m thrilled there is so much interest!

    I teach Secondary Science in Chimacum, less than a mile from Tahmanawis rock. I worked with 2 local artist/poet/writers who (almost) singlehandedly pulled our 2 runs of native salmon back from extinction in the last 2 decades: Tom Jay and Sara Mall Johani.

    When I forwarded your email on to them, I received an interesting response from Sara, regarding the spelling of the NAME of the rock. i will copy her comments below, for your info. I was thinking of letting the local Land Trust know – but you may have a better idea for supporting the most authentic spelling.

    In any case, here is Sara’s note –food for thought! ~Kit Pennell

    FROM SARA: Thanks for the news update! It’s great to hear they finally were able to make this real.. I know it has taken years. Good news.

    I don’t suppose it will make a difference but I once researched the name Tahmanawis which, as we witness, has a hundred spellings. Just for the record, I believed the author of a little book (that cost $50 at the time and I didn’t buy it, regrettably) that the most respectable spelling is TAHMANAWIS. He said when the meaning of “and” and “the” needed to be explained to the natives of the region, no explanation of “tahmanawis” was necessary because it was the universally understood and used word meaning magic, power, mystery and the like.

    I offer this as a time capsule of sorts in the hopes that it may spread if it wants to spread. I have used this spelling for the name of our non-profit organization. FYI.

    • Thanks for the note on spellings. There are so many variations, since of course the settlers could only try to approximate the sounds of the native speakers, who had subtle differences in dialect/pronunciation all over the region, plus the settlers couldn’t spell 2 gud neither, I rekkin.
      I did find the spelling Tahmanawis several times in various google searches, as well as a bunch of other spellings. I then found the Jamestown S’Klallam website and did a search for Tamanowas, Tahmanawis, etc. ‘Tahmanawis’ does not show up in any documents the tribe has uploaded, but they do use ‘Tamanowas’ repeatedly. So, I’ll stick with that spelling. If I’d found that they used ‘Tahmanawis’, I’d have done a post seeking to straighten out the spelling.

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