Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

Native Americans: Local Languages

The library offers this guide to resources as a way to support student understanding and awareness of history, culture, and contributions of Native Americans

Local Native American Languages

Northwestern California is home to several Indigenous languages, belonging to at least three completely different language families, the Athabaskan, Algic, and the Hokan. Most linguists disagree about which languages belong to the Hokan language family, and whether or not it is even a language family. Most of these languages have living first-language speakers and active speech communities, though some languages are described as dormant or sleeping languages. This page includes links to online language dictionaries, Native language news, resources related to CR language classes.

Yurok Language Class

Local News

Language Organizations