Karuk Language

Creating a course on Duolingo for the Karuk Language could contribute to the language revitalization process within the Karuk Tribe. This would benefit Karuk Tribal Members and Descendants, as well as making it easier to teach within the classroom at schools within the Karuk Tribal Service Area, Computer Centers, Language Classes and within the comforts of home. Duolingo would provide a solution to have the multiple speakers within California and Oregon all contribute to the same source to enhance the Karuk culture many Tribal Members and Descendants are seeking. Creating a language course for the Karuk language, would significantly impact our culture and lifestyles, and could change the way Federally Recognized Tribes across America are teaching their native languages. Please vote for this language to bring the knowledge many have lost back to our communities!

May 23, 2017


Karuk is the native language of the Karuk people who have lived, since time immemorial, on the Klamath River in northern California, from near Seiad Valley in the northeast to Bluff Creek, about ten miles southwest of Orleans in the southwestern portion of Karuk territory. Some linguists make the claim that Karuk is part of the Hokan language family while others argue against the status of Hokan as a language family. Karuk has about eight elderly fluent speakers and dozens of active learners of the language.

The Karuk Tribe has a Language Program whose staff works to revitalize the Karuk language with the guidance and involvement of the Karuk Language Restoration Committee. More than sixteen Karuk teams have participated in the Master Apprentice Language Learning Program of the Advocates of Indigenous California Language Survival.

A link to the Karuk Dictionary, a collaboration project between the Karuk Tribe and University of California, Berkeley-

May 24, 2017

Tell us more about the Karuk and their language.

May 24, 2017

What an amazing suggestion. This project is so important. Pure number of speakers doesn't reflect that at all! This language becoming available would have a big impact, not only for the existing Karuk people, but on the impression of them by majority language speakers.

September 21, 2017

This would be true for any endangered language. I imagine the difficulty will be getting enough people fluent in the language to devote the time and effort necessary to get it running.

October 19, 2017

Karuk is on my list of languages I would like to learn. That would be amazing if they created a language course!

August 17, 2018

I'm looking forward to learn more about this language!

July 14, 2019
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