- This event is open to high school students eligible for UAS Dual Enrollment courses (Juneau Campus) and University of Alaska undergraduate students currently registered for 3 credits in the Spring 2015 semester.
- Students who placed first in any category in last year’s competition will be ineligible to compete in the same category this year. However, a student will be eligible to compete in the same category two years after winning.
- Students are invited to compete in 2 categories per competition year. A specific presentation may be used for both categories, if appropriate.
- The four standing categories—Oratory, Dramatic Declamation, Storytelling, and Native Language—are eligible for scholarship prizes. All speeches must be a minimum of 5 minutes and no more than 15 minutes long. Please cite all supporting materials including, but not limited to, elder’s teachings, cultural lore, published materials (magazines, newspapers, internet, etc.). Sources should be clearly cited during speech and included in notes or in manuscript.
- Minimum registration for any one category must be 4 participants to keep a category open for competition.
Deadline to register is Friday, March 27, 5 p.m. in the NRSC. See registration tab above for more information.
A speech from memory or limited notes that demonstrates mastery in the art of public speaking using reasoning, elocution, and evidence to support the opinion. Topics may include, but are not limited to: subsistence, sovereignty, urban/rural conflicts, multilingualism, religious freedom, education, or traditional values. Make a strong use of supporting materials, elder’s teachings, cultural lore, published materials (magazines, newspapers, internet, etc.). Sources should be clearly cited during speech and included in notes or in manuscript.
A recitation of an indigenous speech, or persuasive document. Presentation material may be edited, but should accurately convey the author’s intent.
A recitation of one or more indigenous stories. Each story should be published, recorded, or transcribed with permission from the author, clan, elder, or tribe when appropriate. If you plan on sharing more than one story, include transitions between literary works to show thematic interrelationship(s). Interpretation of 2 or more characters, appropriate costuming, limited props, and dramatic movement may be incorporated.
A presentation from memory or limited notes in an indigenous language. A speech may be composed specifically for this category in the subject of your choosing or may be shared with one of the other categories. A significant portion of the speech must be in the native language, leaving time for translation.
In order to compete simply fill out an Oratory registration form. When completed, submit to the Native & Rural Student Center attn: Kolene James, or Fax to Kolene James at (907) 796-6005. Students can select more than one category for competition. For question about how to prepare for the contest please contact Kolene James as soon as possible!