I realised I have not pointed out where Illahie comes from. It is a Chinook word meaning land, country, soil and earth. It has a physical and political meaing to it. To me it means this place, this land of my soul and being. The wawa of this illahie, a skookum wawa
Some chinook words
I love that fact that this region has its own language that is designed to fit with our Illahie. I wish that we could bring it back to more public prominence. Most times one sees Chinook in place names
and many more.
There are people out there working on the language:
Chinook LuLu (or gathering)
Book on Chinook