Ishkêesh and íshaha are two words in the Karuk language that mean a great deal to Karuk language teacher and mental health clinic intern Maymi Preston-Donahue. Watch Maymi’s full interview to learn the English translation for these words as well as how they encompass the Klamath Basin.

The Klamath Storytelling Project video series will be available on the Reconnect Klamath website as well as on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. For more information on how you can share your Klamath Basin story, send an email to