Pawhuska students take honors in language fair

Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital

NORMAN — Pawhuska-area students received honors at the 13th annual Oklahoma Native American Youth Language Fair, My Language Goes with Me, held April 6 and 7 at the Sam Noble Museum.

The competition drew 1,166 participants in grades pre-K through 12 from across Oklahoma and other states. Students competed in 11 different categories including: spoken language, modern song with language, traditional song with language, spoken poetry, spoken prayer, written poetry, cartoon, poster art, book, language advocacy essay and multimedia categories.

Osage Nation Language Department and individuals placed in the following categories:

• First place by Jonathan Ryder Riddle in pre-K- through second-grade Comic Books and Cartoons category.

• First place by George Shaw in pre-K- though second-grade Individual Spoken Languages — Prayers.

• Second place by Jonathan Ryder Riddle in pre-K- through second-grade Poster Art.

• First place by Tabitha Duty in third- through fifth-grade Comic Books and Cartoons category.

• Second place by Henry Pratt in third- through fifth-grade Comic Books and Cartoons category.

• First place in third- through fifth- grade Small Group Spoken Language.

• Second place by Jason Duty in third- through fifth- grade Individual Spoken Language.

• First place by River Riddle in sixth- through eighth-grade Comic Books and Cartoons category.

Panels of Native American elders, teachers, artists and authors from many different tribes judged the competitions. At this year’s event, students competed in 43 different Native American languages. There were 47 different language programs and family groups represented, and total attendance for the two days of competition reached more than 2,300.

Sponsors for the 2015 Oklahoma Native American Youth Language Fair included the Sac and Fox Nation as the presenting sponsor, the Chickasaw Nation as the directing sponsor and the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma as the contributing sponsor.

Application materials and information for the 2016 Oklahoma Native American Youth Language Fair will be available through the museum’s Native American Languages department January 2016.

The Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History is located on the University of Oklahoma Norman campus at J. Willis Stovall Road and Chautauqua Avenue. For accommodations on the basis of disability, call 405-325-4712 or visit www.SamNobleMuseum.org.