Under the guidance of CPN’s Language Department, students from the Child Development Center maintained their well-earned reputation at the Oklahoma Native American Youth Language Fair this year. Held at the Sam Noble Museum of history, on campus of University of Oklahoma, Potawatomi language students from the CDC took two team awards home.
Led by Potawatomi language instructor Randy Schlachtun, 20 students from ages three to four years old competed against a number of different tribes like the Cherokee, Chickasaws, Choctaw and Osage in their division. The group won third place for their live performance, which had the CPN students describing, in Potawatomi, what they wanted to become when they become adults. The same group also won third place in the same category in 2013.
A separate CPN after school group created and submitted a video in the film competition for third-fifth grade category. Due to a clerical mix up, the CPN students’ film was accidentally placed in the sixth-eighth grade competition instead.
“Even that couldn’t stop us and we took second place in the sixth-eighth grade competition,” proclaimed Schlachtun.
The video, titled “Ndedabyan”, (Lowrider) was a remake of the 1970s song “Lowrider” by the band War. The video can be viewed online here.
Schlachtun is proud of his students accomplishments over the past two years in language competitions where they have tallied one first place trophy, two second places and a third place finish. The Navarre-family descendent says that his next goal is to get a trophy case to display his students’ former and future silverware.
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