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Oklahoma Native American Youth Language Fair
by Kiowa Indian News

On April 3rd and 4th, hundreds of student speakers and learners of Native languages from all over the state and other locations including one as far as Michigan, gathered at Sam Noble Museum in Norman for the (ONAYLF). Participants from over 10 tribes, statewide, took to various stages in live presentations of song, speech and story. The Kiowa Tribe was well represented in both participants and judges.

The ONAYLF included more Kiowa Judges, in this fair, than in previous years. The Kiowa Judges were Juanita Ahtone, Toni Tsatoke, Ernest Toppah, Warren Queton, Phil R. "Joe Fish" Dupoint, Helen Eckiwaudah, and Dorothy Delaune.

The theme for the 2017 Fair was "My Words Have Spirit," based on poster art submissions from last year.

Kerr Auditorium, with host Warren Queton, held the 3rd to 5th Grade Group Tradional Song. The Darko Kids from Anadarko Public Schools , took home the second place trophy by singing a Kiowa Hymn. The 17 member group is taught by Pat Kopepessah.
In the 3rd to 5th Grade Small Group Traditional Song, Riverside Best Friends from Riverside Indian School came in second with "This Is God's Book". Simeon Owings (Kiowa/Delaware), Jeyren Ramirez (Kiowa/Apache),and Seth Kidwell (Kiowa).

In the same category, The Sunray Boys, Kowi and Onde, sang a Kiowa Hymn to gather in 3rd place. The Sunray Boys are the sons of Cedric and Randi Sunray and grandsons to Modina Waters. Pictured Kowi, Onde, and T'dohasan Sunray with mom Randi.

The following day, T'dohasan Sunray, age 12 won 1st in his category.

In the Pre-K thru 2nd Grade Category, Ryan Swift, who is home schooled in the Kiowa Language by his grandmother Lois Swift, came in third with an excellent presentation of a Kiowa Hymn.
Poster Art-Kiowa students also submitted entries in the poster art section of the Fair.
The theme for 2017 was "Creating A New Generation of Speakers".
Kateri Daffron, 6th grade, of Anadarko Cubcogul (Red Stone School) submitted an entry and 1st grader Jude Yarholar of Oklahoma City Public Schools Native American Student Services received an Honorable Mention Ribbon.
Kiowa Elder Deloris Harragara, pictured with Language Fair participants, created the costumes for Kiowa Kids who presented a Charlie Brown skit in the Kiowa Language at the Sam Noble Museum event. They won first place with the help of Mrs. Harragara, Cricket P., Randi and Cedric Sunray and other Kiowa parents.
All participants received medallions and trophies were presented for first, second and third place per category and age division. The groups and individuals were judged on language use, fluency, spirit of performance and stage presence.
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