Weekly Yurok Language Classes Underway…Will Continue Through April

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UPDATE- Our Yurok Language program is off a great start! Yurok Language & Cultural Specialist, James Gensaw, is leading the series of classes every Sunday from 9am- 10am through the end of April 2016.

Yurok Culture Classes

Yurok Community Language Classes
Every Sunday through April 2016 
Time – 9 a.m.-10 a.m.
Place – Yurok Country Visitor Center
Free and open to everyone!

As part of our mission to educate visitors about the culture of the Yurok tribe and life along the Klamath River, the Yurok Country Visitor Center & Amphitheater is hosting weekly Yurok Community Language Classes every Saturday.

The language classes, led by Yurok Language & Cultural Specialist, James Gensaw, are already receiving high praise from participants and in this recent article published in the Del Norte Triplicate.

The public is invited to join us each week to learn more about the culture of the largest tribe in the state of California. “The classes are designed to be a comprehensive curriculum building course,” says Gensaw. “Though it’s not required, it would be very beneficial for the participants to participate every week to build up their fluency.”

The Yurok language was commonly used in villages along the Klamath River for thousands of years, but by the 1990s, the language nearly became extinct. Since that time, efforts have been made to revive the language by launching Yurok language programs in several California schools. According to James Gensaw, there are only about two first language speakers left and approximately 20 conversational fluent second language speakers.

James Gensaw works to preserve the Yurok language and traditions by sharing them through teaching and storytelling. He has been featured in The New York Times, The LA Times, Smithsonian Magazine and again in this 2015 The New York Times article.

The Yurok Community Language Classes will take place every Saturday at The Yurok Country Visitor Center from 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. through the end of April 2016.

Yurok Country Visitor Center & Amphitheater
The 3,500 square foot center features interactive exhibits teach visitors about the Yurok culture and history along with one of the redwood region’s largest retail displays of local Native-made jewelry and crafts. Hands on adventure guides are also available to help our guests learn more about the beautiful geographical attractions in the Klamath area and the Redwood National & State Parks. The Yurok Country Visitor Center & Amphitheater is conveniently located in Downtown Klamath, California- across from the Redwood Hotel Casino and Yurok Discovery Village.