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Alternate forms: Karok
Contributor: Bright, William, 1928-2006 | Super, Violet | Ferrara, Jim | Harrington, J. P. (John P.), 1865-1939 | Kennedy, Mary Jean, 1918-1999 | Lang, Julian | Pepper, Chester | Reuben, Nettie | Beck, Lottie | Gehr, Susan
Subject: Linguistics | Place names | Coyote tales | Ethnography | Folklore | Ethnopoetics | Poetry | California--History | Language study and teaching
Extent: 4 linear feet
Description: From the age of 21 throughout his life, William Bright worked with Karuk speakers to document and revitalize their language, resulting in becoming the first white honorary member of the Karuk tribe. The most prominent materials at the American Philosophical Society as a result are wide-ranging audio recordings, from the 1950s until the 2000s (Series 6), especially with Violet Super. With Susan Gehr, he produced a Karuk language dictionary, correspondence with whom (Series 1) contains draft texts. With the Karuk he contributed considerably to the literature on Coyote in particular, original transcriptions of which are in notebooks in Series 3 Subseries 1, and further developments in Series 2. He also collected many small publications about Karuk, in the same series. Additionally of interest in Series 1 is correspondence about the suspected arson of a'tim'îin, the Karuk sacred site near Somes Bar, CA. Karuk materials can be found in every series.
Collection: William O. Bright Papers (Mss.Ms.Coll.142)