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Impearls: HIC 5.12: Conclusion

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Earthdate 2005-11-12

Conclusion   by A. L. Kroeber

Beaver-teeth dice are attributed to the Karok in one or two museum collections.  This is an Oregonian form of game, and may have reached the Karok only since the American occupation.  It is true that the upper Karok are geographically nearer to tribes like the Klamath and Modoc than to the mussel-gathering Yurok of the coast; but their culture as a whole being so thoroughly northwestern, and showing so little eastward leaning, raises a generic presumption against any eastern practices that are not definitely corroborated.

Data are scarcely available for a fuller sketch of Karok culture.  Nor is such an account necessary in the present connection.  In at least ninety-five institutions out of every hundred, all that has been said of the Yurok or is on record concerning the Hupa applies identically to the Karok.  Here nothing further has been attempted than to depict their relation to their land and to note some of the minor peculiarities of their culture and its departure from the most integral form of northwestern civilization.



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