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Yurok Culture and History

As a complement to our Yurok language information, we would like to share our collection of indexed links about the Yurok people and various aspects of their society. The emphasis of these pages is on American Indians as a living people with a present and a future as well as a past. Yurok history is interesting and important, but the Yurok are still here today, too, and we try to feature modern writers as well as traditional folklore, contemporary art as well as museum pieces, and the issues and struggles of today as well as the tragedies of yesterday. Suggestions for new links are always welcome.

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Our Yurok Websites

Yurok Language:
    Information and language learning materials from the Yurok Indian language.
Yurok Facts for Kids:
    Questions and answers about Yurok culture.
Yurok Legends:
    Collection of Yurok Indian legends and folktales.

Yurok Tribal and Community Links

The Yurok Tribe:
    Official homepage of the Yurok tribe, with cultural information, news and links.
Yurok Alternative Energy Project:
    The Yurok Tribe's renewable rural electrification project.
Yurok Tribal Watershed Restoration Website:
    Currently under construction.

Maps of Yurok Lands

    Map of Yurok Indian territory, with some information about Yurok culture.
Pacific Northwest Indian Maps:
    Map of the Yurok tribe and other Northwest Coast Indians of Washington, Oregon and California.
Linguistic Families of Northern California * Pre-Contact California Tribal Territories:
    Maps showing where in California the Yurok people live.

Yurok Lifestyle and Tradition

    Yurok culture and history.
The Yurok:
    The Yurok people and their traditional way of life.
The Yurok:
    Curtis' early 20th-century ethnography of the Yuroks, with pictures.
The Yurok and Hupa of the Northern Coast:
    Cultural and historical overview of the Hupa and Yurok Indians.
Kroeber Collection:
    Photo gallery of Yurok art and artifacts.
Yurok Indian Baskets:
    Yurok, Karok, and other California Indian artwork for sale online. With many photographs.
Yurok Dance Hat * American Indian Clothes * Indian Hats * Indian Hairstyles:
    Yurok and other California Indian clothing.
Yurok Home Page:
    Pictures of Yurok pottery, houses, dancers, the boats, and everyday life on the Klamath.
Yurok Legends:
    Collection of Yurok Indian legends and folktales.
Yurok Native Americans:
    Demographic information about the Yurok people from the Four Directions Institute.
Yurok Photographs:
    Historic photos, 1897-1965.
Yurok Smoked Salmon Recipe * Fish Head Stew:
    Yurok Indian recipes.
Yurok Plank House:
    Photograph of a traditional-style Yurok home.
Native Religion:
    Advice for people researching traditional Yurok religion and other American Indian spirituality.

Yurok Literature and Arts

Yurok Authors:
    Yurok writers, their lives and work.
Native American Authors: Lucy Thompson * Reminiscences of a Yurok Woman:
    Biography and work of Lucy Thompson, a Klamath River Yurok author.
Grant Pilgram:
    Traditional music by a Yurok elder.
Native American Art:
    Information, photographs and links about California Indian and other native art.

Yurok Politics, Issues, and News

Susan Masten, Yurok Tribe:
    Presentation to Congress about telecommunication failings on Yurok tribal lands.
Indian Tribe Paying the Price:
    Article about drought and salmon die-offs in traditional Yurok Indian waters.

Yurok History Links

The Yurok and the Gold Rush Era:
    History told by a Yurok elder.
Hoopa-Yurok Indian Settlement Act:
    Text of a historic agreement between the Hoopa and Yurok Indians.

Yurok Genealogy Links

Humboldt County Genealogy:
    Genealogy resources including contact information for Yurok Indian rolls.
Native American Genealogy:
    Direction for those seeking Yurok and other American Indian ancestors.

Books for sale on the Yurok Tribe
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To the American Indian: Reminiscences of a Yurok Woman:
    Oral history of the Yurok tribe by Yurok author Lucy Thompson.
Standing Ground:
    Yurok Indian spirituality, 1850-1990.
Hawk Woman Dancing With the Moon:
    Memoirs, spirituality, and social activism from a Yurok/Karok woman.
Observations on the Yurok * Yurok-Karok Basket Weavers * Cry for Luck: Sacred Song and Speech:
    Anthropology books.
California Native American Tribes: Yurok Tribe:
    Overview of the Yurok culture for kids.
Handbook of the Indians of California * Indians of California: The Changing Image:
   Indian Survival on the California Frontier * Tribes of California:
   Handbook of North American Indians: California * California Indians Source Book:
    Books about the Indian tribes of California, including the Yurok.
Native American Books:
    Evolving list of books about Native Americans in general.

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Additional Resources, Links, and References

   Yurok Indians:
   Encyclopedia entry about the Yuroks.
   Pueblo Yurok: * Los Yurok:
   Information about the Yurok tribe in Spanish.
   Yurok Bibliography:
   List of off-line materials about the Yurok Indians.
   Yurok Resources: * Yurok Tribe:
   Yurok links.

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