Spoken Prayer Performance
The spoken prayer category, as opposed to spoken language, involves prayers, blessings, traditional speech and quotations from elders and ancestors that inspire solemn reverence.
This is a live category. You must be pre-registered and present to perform and to receive awards.
Suggestions for preparing for the ONAYALF:
- Pre-register online
- Focus on Native language use
- Keep a five-minute time limit (plus two minutes for set-up and exiting the stage)
- Use props, costumes and Native regalia
Guidelines for your ONAYALF performance:
Please do not:
- Use scripts, notes or cheat-sheets
- Speak in English
- Have teachers on stage
- Use food, animals or organic materials (grass, bark, leaves) in the performance
Judges will consist of the following: a panel of at least three elders, Native language teachers, and/or Native speakers. Performances will be judged on the following criteria:
- Amount of Native American language used-points added for the use of Native language, deducted for use of English
- Ease and comfort of language use
- Presentation and poise of performance
- Spirit of performance
You must pre-register to receive t-shirts and awards. Please do so as early as possible.
- Limited rehearsal space is available. This space is shared with other groups.
- Contact us if you're concerned about whether your props and regalia count as "organic."
- Group sizes and performance venues are subject to change based on registered entries.
- Students performing in multiple categories may experience scheduling conflicts. We try to avoid this, but help us out and let us know if you see a potential problem.
- Questions? Comments? Help? Contact [email protected] or 918-781-6270.