American Indian students perform during Oklahoma Native American Youth Language Fair
About 600 students representing more than 20 tribes shared their language and creative arts skills during the Oklahoma Native American Youth Language Fair in Norman.
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The fair first took place in April 2003, with nearly 200 people in attendance. It was organized by Geneva Navarro, a Comanche educator, Quinton Roman Nose, a Cheyenne, and the museum's Native American languages curator, Mary Linn.
The categories have expanded since the first fair, from spoken language, language with song and dance and poster art on a language theme, to nine categories.
Languages represented at the fair included Apache, Arapaho, Cayuga, Cherokee, Cheyenne, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Comanche, Coushatta, Dakota, Euchee (Yuchi), Hasinai (Caddo), Ho-Chunk, 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.
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