Culture

Dr. Steven Pratt is next speaker in Osage Lecture Series

Dr. Steven Pratt is the next speaker in the Osage Lecture Series held at the Wah-Zha-Zhi Cultural Center.

A professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Central Oklahoma, his research interests focus on cultural identification, as well as language and social interaction, with an emphasis on identifying American Indian and Osage communicative behaviors.

Pratt was born and raised on the Osage Indian reservation and serves as a traditional and ceremonial leader of the Osage people, and works extensively with the revitalization of the Osage language, according to a prepared release. Pratt recorded three volumes of the Osage language focusing on tribal customs, ceremonies, and day-to-day life activities. To assist with teaching and learning the Osage language, Dr. Pratt developed an Osage orthography, accompanying CD, and workbook, according to the release.

Pratt will be speaking at the Cultural Center Oct. 17 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

The Osage Lecture Series is a collaboration between the Cultural Center, the Osage Tribal Museum and the Osage Nation Historic Preservation Office.