The Osage Nation Language Department will host Dhegiha Gathering 2013 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Catoosa (near Tulsa), OK, on August 6 and 7, 2013. The theme of this year’s conference is “Our Dhegiha Languages Looking Forward”. The conference will have a live video stream at http://justin.tv/osagelanguage1/popout .
The main focus of Dhegiha Gathering 2013 is to bring together language directors, coordinators, teachers, students, tribal officials, and language advocates to create conversation and continue our language preservation and revitalization efforts. The Dhegiha Tribes - Osage, Ponca, Quapaw, Kaw, and Omaha - whose oral traditions tell us they were once a single tribe in the Ohio River Valley are a linguistic grouping of people of the Siouan family. Under the direction of Herman “Mogri” Lookout, the Osage Nation Language Department first brought these tribes together at Dhegiha Gathering 2011. Last year the focus and theme was “Sharing Our Language for our Future”. Through each conference relationships have been re-established since the Dhegiha split hundreds of years ago and present day goals have been established. This year’s conference will address an important goal of forming The Dhegiha Preservation Society, a non-profit organization for the advancement of Dhegiha languages. An election will be held for the Board of Directors.
Dhegiha Gathering 2013 speakers will include Desa Dawson, Oklahoma State Dept. of Education Director of World Languages who will present information on language immersion techniques and an update on Oklahoma Native American Language Teacher Certification. Andrew Thundercloud, a native Ho-chunk speaker and teacher from Tomah, Wisconsin will enlighten us with information from his successful apprentice/ immersion program and provide insight to help the Dhegiha tribes continue their preservation and revitalization efforts.
As we approach the deadline for this year’s conference you can go to www.osagetribe.com/language and click on the yellow Dhegiha button to go to registrations as well as last year’s 2012 conference video. There you will also find the live-stream link to view this year’s conference. The deadline has been extended to June 28, 2013. This year there is a $40 fee due with registration. Please make payable to “Friends of the Osage.” If you would like more information, please contact Tracey Ann Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org or 918-287-5611 or Danielle Hogue at email@example.com or 918-287-5505. Thank you.