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Yuki Indian Language

Yuki was a language isolate (a language unrelated to any other known living language) once spoken in northern California. Some linguists have suggested it might have been related to Wappo. Language loss has been especially severe in California, where enslavement and violence against Indian peoples were not actively discouraged, and today few records of the Yuki language remain.

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Yuki Language Resources

Our Online Yuki Materials

Yuki Vocabulary
     Our list of vocabulary words in the Yuki language, with comparison to words in Wappo.
Yuki Animal Words:
     Illustrated glossary of animal words in the Yuki language.

Yuki Language Lessons and Linguistic Descriptions

Linguistic Families of Northern California * Pre-Contact California Tribal Territories:
    Maps showing where in California the Yuki language is spoken.
Yuki Indian Language * Yuki Phonetics * Yuki Phonology * Yuki Grammar * Yuki Text:
    Scanned-in Yuki language materials from the Rosetta Project.
House of Languages: Yuki:
    Information about Yuki language usage.
     Demographic information about Yuki from the Ethnologue of Languages.
*Survey of California Indian Languages: Northern Yukian:
    Profile of the Yuki language from the University of California at Berkeley.
Yuki Language Tree:
    Theories about Yuki's language relationships compiled by Linguist List.
Yuki Language Structures:
    Yuki linguistic profile and academic bibliography.
*Yukian Vocabulary:
    Early 20th-century wordlists of Yuki and Wappo.

Yuki Culture and History Links

Round Valley Tribes:
    Homepage of an intertribal community the Yuki people share with other California Indians today.
Yuki Facts for Kids
     Our answers to common questions about the lifestyle of Yuki Indian people.
Round Valley Indian Reservation
     History of the Round Valley Reservation, which the Yuki share with descendents of other California Indian tribes.
The Yuki:
     Curtis' early 20th-century ethnography of the Yuki Indians.
Yuki Legends:
    Collection of Yuki Indian legends and folktales.
Excavation to Chronicle Yuki History
     Article about Yuki Indians working on an archaeological dig on their ancestral land.
Yuki Authors:
    Yuki writers, their lives and work.
Variations on Native Californian Themes:
    Guitar adaptations of traditional Yuki, Huchnom and other California Indian songs.
Four Directions Institute: Yuki Tribe * Four Directions Institute: Coast Yuki:
     Profile and historical timeline of the California tribe. Also with links.

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Ukomno'm: The Yuki Indians of Northern California
     Book on Yuki culture and history for sale online.

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Links, References, and Additional Information

Lenguas Yukian:
Information on the Wappo and Yuki languages in Spanish.

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