"What are some names of traditional Yurok foods?"

SEE Nue-ne-pueh: Food

traditional food cards - cake walk


"We are planning curriculum for Head Start. Can you help with the spellings for these animal words?"

Yurok Writing System
Hoo-re'-mos: Animal Terms
Nue-ne-pueh: Food
Ney-pe'-weesh: Sealife
'A'-te-meyr neeen': Read it!
Pyuer-keyr-es: Play it

For audio, see the sections above. Here are the YLP spellings:

  • chyer'ery' - black bear (audio by 'aa-wok Aileen)
    neek-wech - grizzly

  • twey-goh - raccoon (audio by 'aa-wok Jimmie)

  • puuek - deer (audio by 'aa-wok Aileen)

  • ney-puy - salmon (audio by 'aa-wok Aileen)

  • ney-pe'weesh-neg - river otter (audio by 'aa-wok Aileen)

  • key'ween - eel - (audio by 'aa-wok Aileen)

  • ko'ses - crab (audio by 'aa-wok Aileen)

  • pee'eeh - mussels (audio by 'aa-wok Aileen)

  • chey-gel' - seaweed (edible) (audio by 'aa-wok Georgiana)

  • mue-lah - horse (audio by 'aa-wok Florence)

  • kwey-ge-ruer' - pig (audio by 'aa-wok Florence)

  • chee-kee - chicken (audio by Brit)

  • mues-mues - cow (audio by 'aa-wok Aileen)

  • sheeep - sheep (audio by Brit)

  • hlkwer-terrkws - frog (audio by 'aa-wok Violet)

  • ner-yert - duck (audio by 'aa-wok Florence)
    muuern - river duck (audio by Brit)

  • herk'werh - rabbit (audio by 'aa-wok Aileen)


"How do I say 'Happy birthday'?"

Yurok people did not celebrate birthdays, but in today's society, we sometimes use these phrases:

  • Tey-wo-mehl 'ue-ke-choyn ("It's a happy day")

  • Skue-yen' 'ue-ke-choyn ("It's a good day")

"How do I say blue jay?"
Steller's Jay: k'ooy'
Scrub Jay: sraat

"How do I say 'My name is _____.'?"

  • Nek 'new (NAME).
    "My name is _______."

  • (NAME) 'new.
    "_________ is my name."

  • (NAME) wey-go-nee'.
    "They call me (NAME)."

  • Wey-go-nee' (NAME).
    "They call me (NAME)."

"How can I learn a Yurok prayer?"

Prayers are deeply personal. We recommend connecting with a Yurok language speaker.

Tree Studies

"Can you help me with spellings for these tree terms?"

SEE Trees

"I was also wondering if there is a generic term for tree and the parts of a tree: trunk, leaves, roots, pine needle, pinecone?"

Yurok is a very specific language, especially with terms for things in our natural environment.

For example, werh-kweech is fir-tree bark, roo-get is tanoak bark, etc.

The words that are available can be found in Trees .


"Can you help me with some names for native plants and their uses?"

SEE Trees
Nue-ne-pueh: Food


"Can you help me with spellings for these terms?"
SEE Trees
Yurok Orthography (Writing System)

  • Tey-poo - Douglas Fir and also sometimes used to talk about types of trees
    (for example, 'er-plers 'we-tey-poo "apple tree" because those were not Native to this area so they came up with a name for them later)


Language Request: TANF birdhouse project


Carole's Language CD


"How do I say 'good morning,' 'good afternoon,' thank you,' and 'you're welcome'?"

These phrases are a bit more complex than word-for-word translations. Both "good morning" and "good afternoon" are English greetings that were adopted into common conversation later.

Good morning: skue-yen' 'ue-koy

Good afternoon: skue-yen' 'ue-ke-choyhl

For other ways to greet and take leave in Yurok, SEE Greetings

I was told that ko-weesh-cho' is for things that you are consuming or using temporarily (food, water, etc.), whereas, wok-hlew is for things like prayer and long-lasting appreciation.

We express 'you're welcome' by saying things like pee'-woh "sure" and 'ohl-kuem "of course" (which I was told is somewhat more common for women to use). Some concepts in Yurok don't have words (like "I'm sorry") because it is something that you show not say.

Critters (non-mammals, bugs, insects, reptiles)

"How do I say different types of bugs in Yurok?"