The Spokane Primer

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Not only was Walker the first to turn the Spokane language into a written form, “The Spokane Primer” was also the first item published by a resident of what is now Washington state. The book contains 12 lessons of words, numbers, and moral and Biblical instructions. Roughly two-thirds of the text has been able to be translated to English. The primer can be found with the book "Nine Years with the Spokane Indians: The Diary of Elkanah Walker" by Clifford M. Drury. Front cover, page 1-3.

Penrose Catalog: NWest E99.S68 W343
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Published by author on the Mission press at Lapwai in present day Idaho.



Rev. Elkanah Walker

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Rev. Elkanah Walker, “The Spokane Primer,” Whitman College Archives, accessed March 2, 2024,