Friday, May 21, 2010

Luckakuck Road Chilliwack - What does it mean?

Living in Chilliwack BC you come across some very interesting words and place names unique to the area.  One of my favourites is "Luckakuck" but what does it mean?

If you have spent any time in Chilliwack BC you will have traveled on Luckakuck Way along it are some of Chilliwack's finest shops, restaurants and a host of other service providers.  LUCK A KUCK you have to say it aloud to appreciate how uniquely wonderful sounds. Like many words from the Halkomelem language of the local First Nation people it rolls off the tongue in a nice way like saltchuck, skookum, chinook and sasquatch.  Words that enrich our language, sense of place and Chilliwack BC identity.

Oliver N. Wells in the book "Edenbank The History of a Canadian Pioneer Farm" recounts a humorous story about the word Luckakuck:

These streams descended over low falls into the koh-KWAH-puhl (Co-coep-ul), merging to become a single large stream with high banks.  Lying across the stream was a huge but slippery cottonwood log - a natural bridge on the trail.  Walking across this log required great skill and dexterity, as if one were walking a greased pole.  Allen never did decide whether luhk-ah-kuhk (Luckakuck), meaning "to straddle" in Halkomelem, referred to the log straddling the stream or to an unfortunate traveller straddling the slippery log!

So there you have it "Luckakuck" means "to straddle" a great word bridging the cultures.
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1 comment:

  1. Interesting article on Luckakuck. Now how about Sleepy Hollow - thats my favorite!

    Also, how about an article talking about the Chilliwacks on each side of they highway. I didnt even know the other side (north side) existed until recently or what culture, influences etc exist between the two. Perhaps a little history on it too. Food for thought!