Karuk Language Grant

Andre Cramblit andrekar at NCIDC.ORG
Sun Nov 23 20:26:32 UTC 2008

The Administration for Native Americans (ANA) recently announced that  
the Karuk Tribe has been awarded a three-year grant to document the  
Karuk language, a recent press release announced.

The Karuk Master-Apprentice Documentation Project, run by the Karuk  
Language Program, aims to document some of the last remaining elder  
and fluent speakers of Karuk using apprentice learners.

The project will train five Master-Apprentice teams, each consisting  
of a fluent Master speaker and an Apprentice learner, who will work  
together closely to make audio and video recordings of spoken language.

Apprentices will use these recordings to expand the online Karuk  
dictionary and create video podcasts of spoken Karuk to share with  
other language learners.

According to the release, the tribe will receive $143,167 from the ANA  
for the first year of the project. Additional support for the project  
comes from the Karuk Tribe, the Advocates for Indigenous California  
Language Survival, UC Berkeley and numerous local organizations and  

The Language Program is currently seeking Karuk Master-Apprentice  
teams to participate in the project. Participants will gain skills in  
language documentation, transcription and analysis as well as audio  
and video production. No previous documentation experience is  
necessary, but a strong commitment to the Karuk language is required.

The application deadline for Master-Apprentice teams is Friday, Dec. 
19, 2008 and training will begin in January 2009.

For questions or for application information, contact Ruth Rouvier  
the  Karuk Language Program Coordinator at 1(800) 505~2785, ext. 2205  
or e-mail to rrouvier at karuk.us
rrouvier @ karuk.us (take out spaces)

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