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Media: LA Times Article on Yurok Revitalization

Submitter: Anna Belew

Submitter Email: anna@linguistlist.org
Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation

Subject Language(s): Yurok

Media Body: "Carole Lewis throws herself into her work as if something big is at stake.

'Pa'-ah,' she tells her Eureka High School class, gesturing at a bottle of water. She whips around and doodles a crooked little fish on the blackboard, hinting at the dip she's prepared with 'ney-puy' — salmon, key to the diet of California's largest Native American tribe.

For thousands of years before Western settlers arrived, the Yurok thrived in dozens of villages along the Klamath River. By the 1990s, however, academics had predicted their language soon would be extinct. As elders passed away, the number of native speakers dropped to six.

But tribal leaders would not let the language die."

Full story here: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-yurok-language-20130207,0,776112.story
Issue Number: 24.719
Date Posted: February 07, 2013

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