“A group I’ve been working with for almost three years now. So they’re all a pretty close knit group.” — Yuchi Language Lead Instructor Ryan Hill
Yuchi youth receive several awards
NORMAN, Okla. — The 15th annual Oklahoma Native American Youth Language Fair was held April 3 – 4 at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History in Norman.
The theme for the fair was, ‘My Words Have Spirit.’
Yuchi Language Project Lead Instructor Ryan Hill said the program brought over 10 youth to the fair.
“A group I’ve been working with for almost three years now. So they’re all a pretty close knit group,” he said.
Hill said they participated in several individual categories like individual spoken language, individual spoken prayer, films, essays, books and posters.
He said the youth also participated in several group categories, which included group prayer, group modern song and group-spoken language.
Hill said the Yuchi Language Project prepares its youth for the language fair by building off what they have learned throughout the year.
“So it’s not too much prep work, I mean the prep work is just their ability to speak, that they gain throughout the year,” he said.
Hill said they use the fair as an opportunity to push the youth to learn more about the yUdjEha (Yuchi) language.
As of April 3, Hill said they received several awards for individual and group categories.