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California Macro-Algonquian Phylum

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      Though linguists seem to agree that both the Yurok and Wiyot languages are Macro-Algonquian, called Algic by some, there is dispute as to whether the two branch from a common Ritwan stock.  The following are some of the proposals:

     Ritwan stock exists: Kroeber 1925, Sapir 1929, Goddard 1975
     Ritwan stock does not exist Voegelin and Voegelin 1966
 

      This analysis includes a Ritwan stock recognizing there is considerable time depth between the two languages.

     The Wiyot and the coastal ethnie of the Yurok were coastal hunter/gatherers.  The main population of the Yurok, however, inhabited the valley of the Trinity River and were highly successful hunter-fisher/gatherers with salmon being a major food source.  The River Yurok were much richer than the coastal Yurok and Wiyot.
Stock Family Language Ethnie
Ritwan Wiyot Wiyot Wiyot
  Yurok Yurok Yurok