The following text is taken from the Smithsonian website. The text itself is typewritten from hand written texts documented by John Harrington in 1930 era. The typewritten form is good for learning purposes since it doesn’t include any accents or glottal stops. In addition there is an audio reading of the text that I recorded.
Assignment: Listen to the audio and repeat until you feel comfortable with your pronunciation. Then review the jpeg of the typewritten notes (it is a bit blurry unfortunately) and match what you heard with the written words.
When you have done this now listen to the recording along with the written text and INDICATE the accent marks. The is the ´, acute accent, the ˆ, circumflex (hachik), and the glottal stop which we indicate with the ‘, apostrophe
Take a photo of your work after you have inserted the proper accents (´, ˆ, ‘) to texts. Use a pen, pencil or marker. Send in your work via Comments and we will review and reply to your work ASAP! Yay!
The Native language portion of our site will be including video programming. As an example here is a very short video made at night using an iSight camera on a MacBook computer. It isn’t technically a “program” since it was done without much forethought. Just wanted to tell my son and his family ‘hello’. (They live in Oz, down under.)
After recording my message in English I decided to add Karuk language subtitles. And then it was time to post. Here it is.
The really funny thing about populating a site with Native language materials is the ‘search’ for images. When looking for body parts you often are presented with images of medical afflictions. Very gruesome sometimes. Don’t like it. Horrible at times.
So for me it’s almost always better to draw body parts. Animals are a different matter. So is just about every other kind of image that you might seek to illustrate and populate your language site.
Welcome to the resumption of the website for the Institute of Native Knowledge. Our goal with the site is to provide a location to access a bevy of info and connections pertaining to learning to SPEAK the Karuk language!