GIBBS, George




Author Tags: 1850-1900, Translation

George Gibbs, an American geologist, naturalist and ethnologist, made his study of the indigenous languages of Washington Territory part of his life’s work. Born in 1815, Astoria, New York, Gibbs graduated from Harvard Law School in 1838, and followed the lure of the California gold rush west. For several years, he held a post of Deputy Collector of Customs in the Port of Astoria, Oregon, and dabbled with running a law practice.

In 1851, Gibbs joined the Oregon Indian Expedition, where his fluency in indigenous languages, and familiarity with local customs helped in treaty negotiations.

Gibbs wrote several books on the languages and customs of Native American people, including, A Dictionary of the Chinook Jargon, or Trade Language of Oregon (New York: Cramoisy Press, 1863).

Author of:
A Dictionary of the Chinook Jargon, or Trade Language of Oregon (New York: Cramoisy Press, 1863).
[BCBW 2015] "Chinook" "1850-1900"


Author of:

A Dictionary of the Chinook Jargon, or Trade Language of Oregon (New York: Cramoisy Press, 1863).

[BCBW 2004] "Chinook" "1850-1900"