Press Release

For immediate release: February 4th, 2016

Contact: Susan Gehr, Project Investigator, at, (800) 505-2785 extension x2204

Headline: National Science Foundation Funds 2016 Karuk Language Scholar Gatherings

Happy Camp, CA -- The Documenting Endangered Languages Program of the National Science Foundation’s Directorate for Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences has funded a series of gatherings of Karuk language speakers, teachers, community scholars, documenters, authors and editors.

More information about the National Science Foundation can be found at:

The project (Grant #BCS 1500605) will bring members of the Karuk language community together for four meetings to which they will bring audio recordings, photographs to be described and/or Karuk language materials that they would want to discuss long-term preservation and access concerns for.

One of the meetings will be an onsite workshop with a preservation archivist, a half-day instructional session on personal archiving best practices followed by a half day clinic where participants can bring items and situations to the clinic for review and feedback by the archivist.

At other meetings, participants will set preservation goals for their personal language collections and may bring in a part of their collection for refoldering, rehousing or documenting. Participants will discuss their options for long-term access to their collections through looking at deeds of gift for local and regional archives. They will also learn how to prepare for transferring a personal language collection to an individual who might carry on their work or to an archive. Participants will also discuss gaps in the existing collections of documented speech types and topics in order to plan for future teaching, documentation, and publication projects. 

Gatherings will take place in Yreka, Happy Camp, Orleans, and in the Eureka/Arcata area. There will also be time for speaker circles, curriculum exchanges, and other language activities. 

Letters of intent to participate in these gatherings are required. See 

For more information about this project, contact Crystal Richardson, Karuk Language Program Coordinator at, or Susan Gehr, Project Investigator, at, (800) 505-2785 extension x2204



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