Rhonda "Shusli" Baseler
“Tillicum Wawa” is a Chinook Jargon phrase which, loosely translated, means “The people speak”.
Chinook Jargon was a trade language used by Natives in this region before Europeans arrived here. It was a combination of Salish, Nootka, and Chinook languages. After explorers, traders, and other non-natives arrived in this area, French and English words were integrated into the jargon. It was widely used to communicate between people of different tribes, nationalities, and races.
That is why we chose the name. Tillicum Wawa is here to help represent the under-represented voice of the Native peoples of this nation. To be a “voice for the voiceless”.
If you’re listening, you’re part of the conversation.
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