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Saturday, February 8, 2014


Open to all high school students and University of Alaska undergraduate students currently registered for 3 credits in the Spring 2014 semester. Students are eligible to compete in 2 categories per competition year.  Minimum registration for any one category must be 4 participants to keep a category open for competition. A specific presentation may be used for both categories, if appropriate. All speeches must be a minimum of 5 minutes and no more than 15 minutes long. One point is deducted for every minute under 5 minutes and every minute over fifteen. Please submit a summary with cited sources of your presentation by January 31, 2014, so we can make copies available to judges, on the day of competition.

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.  The four standing categories: Oratory, Dramatic Declamation, Storytelling, and Native Language are eligible for scholarship prizes to be used Fall 2014, only for University of Alaska Juneau courses.

Deadline to register is Friday, February 7, 5 p.m. in the NRSC. See registration tab above for more information.

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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.

Dramatic Declamation

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.

Native Language

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. 

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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!


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