Salmon and acorns were the most important foods of the Karuk. They fished and hunted salmon, eel, deer, and other animals. They also gathered plants such as acorns, berries, and yampah (a kind of potato).
The Karuk Tribe is a historic tribe, and still lives in its ancestral homelands along the middle part of the Klamath River channel – roughly between Weitchpec and Seiad, California.
What were Karuk weapons and tools like in the past? Karuk hunters used bows and arrows or snares. Karuk fishermen used nets and spears.
Trade. Aboriginal trade was of minor importance, since most commodities were available locally. But the Karok traded with the downstream Yurok for redwood dugout canoes, for ornamental shells, and for edible seaweed.
The name ” Karuk,” also spelled ” Karok,” means “upriver people”, or “upstream” people, and are called Chum-ne in Tolowa.
Yurok, North American Indians who lived in what is now California along the lower Klamath River and the Pacific coast.
As with other tribes of California Indians, the Maidu ate seeds and acorns and hunted elk, deer, bears, rabbits, ducks, and geese; they also fished for salmon, lamprey eel, and other river life.
Tribes included the Karok, Maidu, Cahuilleno, Mojave, Yokuts, Pomo, Paiute, and Modoc. On the other hand, the mountains that divided the groups made extensive warfare impractical, and the California tribes and clans enjoyed a comparatively peaceful life.