Documentation of Yurok: Field notes and recordings

The following material is password-protected and accessible only to project researchers:

  • Yurok language field recordings: FieldRecordings.xml

  • Synopsis of A. L. Kroeber's Yurok field notes, by Lisa Conathan and Tess Wood: KroeberReelSummary.htm

  • Synopsis of C. Hart Merriam's Yurok field notes (Bancroft FILM 1022, C. Hart Merriam Papers), by Lisa Conathan:

    • Reel 31: Vocabularies
      407 Folder # B/2a/V13
      410 Coast Yurok Vocabulary/Phrases from Liza Warren Lindgren (widow of Charley Lindgren, Trinidad, Oct. 22, 27, 1920) and Maggie Skirk (of Stone Lagoonl Trinidad, Aug. 20, 1921)
      484 Placenames
      489 Folder # B/2a-b/V14
      Lower Klamath Vocabulary/Phrases from "Several men and women," including Kitty Henry, Frank Isles, Walter ?McKennan, Kirby Peters, Lucy Thompson, Jane Jefferson, Mary and Clarissy Dowd (various dates)
      569 Placenames
      575 End of Yurok Vocabulary material
    • Reel 52: Natural History vocabulary
      390-421 Folder B/2a/NH14
      Coast Yurok Flora and Fauna terms
      Name of Consultant not given (Trinidad, Aug. 20, 1921; Maggie Skirk?)
      422-55 Folder B/2b/NH15
      Lower Klamath Flora and Fauna terms
      Name of Consultant not given (various date)

Teaching, learning, and documenting Yurok

Robert Spott, the adoptive son of the learned traditionalist Captain Spott, was himself one of the most culturally knowledgeable Yurok people of his generation. Robert worked on Yurok cultural and linguistic documentation with scholars of several generations, including A. L. Kroeber, with whom he wrote Yurok narratives in 1940, and the British linguist R. H. Robins, who recorded him in 1951.
[Photo (1907): Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology.]