NORMAN – A Preston-area student received honors at the 14th annual Oklahoma Native American Youth Language Fair, held April 4 and 5 at the Sam Noble Museum.
The competition drew 1186 participants in grades pre-K through 12 from across Oklahoma and other states. Students competed in 11 different categories, including spoken language, traditional song with language, modern song with language, spoken poetry, spoken prayer, written poetry, cartoon, poster art, book, language advocacy essay and multimedia categories.
Preston Public Schools Jay Fife took third place in the ninth- through 12th-grade Individual Spoken Language category and received an honorable mention in the ninth- through 12th-grade Advocacy Essay 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 a multitude of Native American languages. The two days of competition set a new record for two-day museum attendance with 3367 people in attendance.
Sponsors for the 2016 Oklahoma Native American Youth Language Fair included the Cyril Fund, the Wyandotte Nation, the Chickasaw Nation, the Choctaw Nation, the Department of Anthropology at the University of Oklahoma, the Department of Native American Studies at the University of Oklahoma and University Silkscreen.
Application materials and information for the 2017 Oklahoma Native American Youth Language Fair will be available through the museum’s Native American Languages department beginning in January 2017.
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 SamNobleMuseum.ou.edu
Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History (google image)