Date: 6/28/18 8:52 am From: Thomas Love <tlove...> Subject: [obol] Re: Whiskey Jack
There is no evidence of a tie between the Cree culture hero and Canada Jay. The site to which Mike referred does not make the link he claims (the bird with the culture hero); rather, "whiskey-jack" is said to be an "alternate spelling" of Wisakedjak.
It's easy to make the mistake of thinking words that sound similar have the same etymology. Look at the at times ludicrous attempts, described in that gold mine of place names - McArthur's Oregon Geographic Names (the go-to toponomy reference), to come up with a possible origin for "Oregon."