Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Burgundy or Maroon



This picture was taken at the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center. We didn’t really visited the center, but we stopped by for a rest while driving at the area. Hence, I can’t tell exactly in which language this sign is written.
I work with languages and, out of the 111 languages we deal with (I can speak only 3 though, and the third one just barely), only one is a native american language and that’s Cherokee. Cherokee uses it’s own script and ‘alphabet’ that does not look like the above.
The language in this sign is then one that I have never seen.

Just for fun, I asked my 7 year old girl to try to read it and she twisted her nose at the sight of the different characters.
If I had to guess, I’d take the similarities with familiar letters, and would say it sounds like:

Jenjah, chi chiayex

But most likely this is not correct.

Anyways, as you can see I didn’t resist the temptation to take a picture of it.

By the way, if anyone out there who happens to see this post knows which language that is and how to pronounce the sentence, please let me know in the comments. Thanks!

This post was written in response to the Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Burgundy or Maroon

4 thoughts on “Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Burgundy or Maroon

    • Yep. I guess it says Welcome too, as translation seems to be provided at the bottom. Just wonder in which language it is and how to say it. 😉

  1. The sign’s logo is of “Tsagaglalal” or “She Who Watches.” It is fashioned after a famous petroglyph that sits above the Columbia Gorge and is attributed to the Wishram band of the Yakama Nation. Wishram language belongs to the Penutian language category.

    The letters you see at the top of the sign mean “Welcome” (“You are welcome).

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