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Pawhuska students take honors in language fair

Pawhuska students received honors at the 11th annual Oklahoma Native American Youth Language Fair, Language In My Heart, held April 1 and 2 at the Sam Noble Museum.

The competition drew 921 participants in grades pre-K through 12 from across Oklahoma and other states. Students competed with 446 total performances of spoken language, language with song, poetry, poster art, book, language advocacy essay and multimedia categories.

Trinity Kohnle, Osage, took first place in pre K- through second-grade book, followed by Julia Lookout, Osage, in second place. Isaiah Kohnle, Osage, received honorable mention in third- through fifth-grade book. Kevin Elam, Osage, took third place in ninth- through 12th-grade comic book and cartoon, with an honorable mention going to Tanner Carter, Osage.

The Osage Nation Language Program took first and second place in pre K- through second-grade small group spoken language, and second place in sixth- through eighth-grade small group spoken language. Cade Redeagle, Osage, took second place in ninth- through 12th-grade poetry (performed) and received honorable mention in ninth- through 12th-grade written poetry. Rachel White, Osage, took second place in ninth- through 12th-grade advocacy essay. Ian Kohnle, Osage, took first place in pre K- through second-grade poster, followed by Justice Robertson, Osage, in second place, and Henry Pratt, Osage, in third place. Israel Kohnle, Osage, took third place in sixth- through eighth-grade poster.

Panels of Native American elders, teachers, artists and authors from many different tribes judged the competitions. At this year’s event, students competed in 45 different Native American languages, an all-time high for the fair. There were 63 different language programs and family groups represented, and total attendance for the two days of competition reached more than 2,000.

The presenting sponsors for the 2013 Oklahoma Native American Youth Language Fair included the Cyril Fund and the Sam Noble Museum.

Application materials and information for the 2014 Oklahoma Native American Youth Language Fair will be available through the museum’s Native American Languages department in January 2014.

The Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History is located on the University of Oklahoma Norman campus at Timberdell Road and Chautauqua Avenue.

Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors 65 and up, and $3 for youth ages 6 to 17. Children ages 5 and under are admitted free. Discounts are available for military personnel and their immediate families. Accommodations on the basis of disability are available by calling (405) 325-4712 or at www.snomnh.ou.edu.

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