General Fair Guidelines

The Oklahoma Native American Young Adult Language Fair honors Native American languages and promotes Native speech and writing.

  • Categories are designed to practice and display spoken language skills, literacy skills and the use of Native languages in modern media.
  • Categories are designed for young adults of every language learning level. We hope that all participants, whether attending the Oklahoma Native American Young Adult Language Fair or not, will enjoy participating in at least one category.
  • While language is central to all the categories, it is inextricably bound to other expressive forms in several categories. Remember that the Oklahoma Native American Young Adult Language Fair focuses on language use, not on dance, singing, art or attire. We certainly welcome and expect these elements in performances and material submissions, but the essence of the Oklahoma Native American Young Adult Language Fair lies in Native language use in both speech and writing.

Procedure Check-in:

  • Please arrive for check-in between 8:30 – 8:45 a.m. on the day of the Oklahoma Native American Young Adult Language Fair.
  • Opening ceremonies will begin promptly at 9 a.m.
  • Check-in tables are located at the front of the Student Center’s main lobby.
  • If registered as a group, the group representative must be available to check in participants. Only your designated representative (the lead person listed on your registration sheet, to whom your confirmation letter was sent) can check students in and pick up t-shirts.
  • If registered as an individual, T-shirts and goodie bags will be picked up by this individual only. If this individual isn’t able to attend, please notify us as soon as possible with the name of the person designated to pick up items for the registered individual.
  • Please note that due to time constraints and out of consideration for our judges, we are not able to accept late or walk-in registrations. Students who are not registered may be allowed to perform if their competition category is not overfull, but they will not be eligible for judging or awards.
  • Clothes changing and rehearsal: The Student Center has several areas available for participants to change into performance dress or to use as a rehearsal space. These include public restroom facilities in the lobby and several other rooms/offices in the Student Center. Please ask at the Information Desk for assistance.

General Performance Guidelines

  • Participants who register in live performance categories must be present at the Fair to be eligible for prizes.
  • Entries in material submissions categories must be pre-registered and received by the Center for Tribal Languages at Bacone College no later than the material submissions deadline posted on the Oklahoma Native American Young Adult Language Fair website.
  • All registered participants receive a t-shirt.
  • All registered participants engaged in live performances receive medallions after their performance.
  • Students participating in material submissions categories receive medallions if present during the Oklahoma Native American Young Adult Language Fair.
  • Live performances that place first, second and third within each category receive an engraved plaque. Material submissions that place first, second and third within each category receive medallions.
  • Material submissions will be returned after the Oklahoma Native American Young Adult Language Fair. Material submissions may be picked up by the individual or designed representative, with proper I.D., at the end of the day. Entries, awards and t-shirts that are not collected will be delivered by mail once the Oklahoma Native American Young Adult Language Fair is finished.

 

Performance Parameters

  • We recognize that some participants may have special circumstances and ask that you contact ONAYALF staff so that we can help accommodate your needs.
  • Time limit for live performances is seven minutes, with two minutes to set-up and exit the stage.
  • Performances exceeding the time limit may be asked to exit stage.
  • The time limit for Film and Video is 10 minutes. Films exceeding 10 minutes in length may not be screened at the Oklahoma Native American Young Adult Language Fair and will not be eligible for prizes.
  • Performance scheduling is contingent on the number and sizes of registered participants.
  • Performance times and venues are determined these group size distinctions. ONAYALF staff strive to avoid scheduling conflicts as time and space for performances are limited. Please contact us if your circumstances require special consideration.
  • Students are encouraged to make and use costumes and props for performances.

Photography Release:

The Center for Tribal Languages at Bacone College reserves the right to have photographs of Oklahoma Native American Young Adult Language Fair participants taken by Bacone staff and affiliated agencies. These photographs may be used in publications for Bacone College and the Center for Tribal Languages, both in print and electronic formats. Please contact us at [email protected] or 918-968-7260 if you have questions.