Karuk traditional narratives include myths, legends, tales, and oral histories preserved by the Karuk (Karok) people of the Klamath River basin of northwestern California.
The published record of Karuk oral literature is an unusually rich one, thanks to the efforts of Alfred L. Kroeber, John Peabody Harrington, William Bright, and others. Karuk narratives, together with those of the neighboring Yurok and Hupa, are distinctive from that of most of California, but show strong influences from the Northwest Coast region. (See alsoTraditional narratives .)
Angulo, Jaime de, and Lucy S. Freeland. 1931. "Karok Texts". International Journal of American Linguistics 6:194-226. (Five myths, including Orpheus, collected in 1927.)
Bright, William. 1954. "The Travels of Coyote: A Karok Myth". Kroeber Anthropological Society Papers 11:1-17. (Comparison of several versions.)
Bright, William. 1957. The Karok Language. University of California Publications in Linguistics No. 13. Berkeley. (Narratives collected in 1949-1954.)
Bright, William. 1977. "Coyote Steals Fire (Karok)". In Northern California Texts, edited by Victor Golla and Shirley Silver, pp. 3–9. International Journal of American Linguistics Native American Text Series No. 2(2). University of Chicago Press.