Come join us for the 13th Annual Oklahoma Native American Youth Language Fair April 6-7, 2015.  

Congratulations to all our participants! The 13th Annual Oklahoma Native American Youth Language Fair has come to a close. Thank you for helping make this year such a wonderful celebration of Native American Languages.

The links below lead to the performance program for both days of the Fair. Winners lists and other information will be posted shortly. And once again, we thank and honor all of our students, instructors, and supporters who have invested such time and care in envisioning "Language in Our Future."

2015 FAIR

April 6, 9:00 - 12:00   Pre-K through 5th Grades

Doors open at 8:00 for Check-In. 

Students should be lined up and ready for the opening Parade of Programs at 8:45.

April 7, 9:00 - 3:00  6th -12th Grades

Doors open at 8:00 for Check-In.

Performances break from 12:00-12:30 for lunch.

Every spring, the Oklahoma Native American Youth Language Fair (ONAYLF) brings together 600-800 students who are learning their Native languages. The Fair honors these students and their teachers by giving them an opportunity to publicly present their languages. The Fair celebrates language diversity in Oklahoma and the US. In addition to student and teachers, the Fair also involves the university community, tribal communities, families, and over 100 volunteers.  More about the goals and history of the Fair.

Students participate according to age in categories:

  • Individual, small group, or large group Spoken Language Performance
  • Individual, small group, or large group Traditional Song in Native Language 
  • Individual, small group, or large group Modern Song in Native Language
  • Language Masters Performance 
  • Poetry Writing and Performance
  • Spoken Language with PowerPoint 
  • Poster Art on the yearly language theme
  • Book & Literature
  • Cartoon & Comic Book 
  • Film & Video 
  • Language Advocacy Essay (in English)  
  • More about the categories

Students perform for elders and teachers who score the children on 1) amount of language used, 2) fluency, 3) spirit of the performance, and 4) stage presence. The top three performances in each age category receive a trophy that they can take back to their schools. Every child who participates receives a medal and a Fair T-Shirt, created by the winning artwork from the last year’s Fair.  More about our judges and the judging process.

If you are learning your language or passing on your language at home or in a classroom and have never come to the Fair, we invite you to the Fair. If you are just interested in knowing more about the beauty and diversity of Native languages in Oklahoma, please come by.  Your presence will support these dedicated youth and the continued use of all languages.

Language Diversity

Over 20 languages are represented each year!

Apache, Arapaho, Cayuga, Cherokee, Cheyenne, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Comanche, Coushatta, Dakota, Euchee (Yuchi), Hasinai (Caddo), Hochunk, Jiwere (Otoe), Kanza (Kaw), Keres, Kickapoo, Kiowa, Mohawk, Mvskoke (Creek), Navajo, Osage, Pawnee, Pima, Prairie Band Potawatomi, Sauk, Seminole, Seneca, Shawnee, Shoshone, Ute, Wichita, and Zuni.

Nowhere else can more Oklahoma Native languages be heard!

2015 Invited Guest - Amanda Cobb-Greetham


In 2014, Amanda Cobb-Greetham, Ph.D., (Chickasaw) joined the University of Oklahoma faculty as Coca Cola Professor and Director of Native American Studies.
Since receiving her Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma in 1997, Cobb-Greetham has held several academic appointments, including positions at the University of New Mexico and Oklahoma State University.
From 2007 to 2012, she served her tribe, the Chickasaw Nation, as the Administrator of the division of History and Culture. During her tenure, she launched the state-of-the-art Chickasaw Cultural Center in Sulphur, OK and directed the museums, archives, language programs, and Chickasaw Press, the first tribal publishing house of its kind, which received the Harvard Award for Excellence in Tribal Self-Governance under her guidance.
Cobb-Greetham is the author of Listening to Our Grandmothers’ Stories, which received American Book Award, and the co-editor of The National Museum of the American Indian: Critical Conversations. In addition, she has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and served as the editor of American Indian Quarterly, the foremost journal of Native American Studies for nine years.


Some Media on the Language Fair

The Santa Fe New Mexican (10/23/13) wrote abut the Fair here 

Read KGOU's article by Susan Shannon on the 2013 Fair here

NewsOk covers the 2010 Fair here

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Dates to Remember

January 5 |  Registration Opens

March 9 | Registration Closes

March 13 |  Pre-Judged Submissions Due in the museum

April 6  |  Fair Day 1: Pre-K – 5th Grades

April 7  |  Fair Day 2: 6th – 12th Grades

Judges and Volunteers

If you have judged or volunteered before, and want to sign up for this year, please visit our Judges and Volunteers page for more details.


View past performances at the Fair on our YouTube Channel.

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