The Klamath-Modoc language is considered by most linguists to be part of the
family of languages, possibly related most closely to the Sahaptian languages.
Originally there were two dialects of the language, spoken by the Klamath
and Modoc tribes of Oregon and Northern California.
In the past, it was easy for the speakers of these two dialects to understand each other.
Today only one truly fluent speaker
(of the Klamath dialect) survives, with a few dozen other elders who remember
something of the language. Although Klamath-Modoc is severely endangered,
some young people are working to keep their ancestral tongue alive.
Our list of vocabulary words in the Klamath-Modoc language, with comparison to words in other Penutian languages.
Klamath Animal Words:
Illustrated glossary of animal words in the Klamath language.
Klamath-Modoc Language Lessons and Linguistic Descriptions