Canku Ota Logo
Canku Ota
Canku Ota Logo
(Many Paths)
An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America
pictograph divider
Free Online Osage Language Classes Now Offered
by Tara Madden - Osage News

For years Osages living outside the service areas for the Osage Language Department have wanted courses online. In January, the language department made it so.

"Online Osage language classes are providing a connection to our heritage language for many Osage people across the country who, otherwise, have no way to experience learning our language," said Osage language staff in an email.

Language staff said online courses are being offered to reach out to Osage members who are unable to attend a class locally. The method of online language classes is to provide an awareness of Osage language and its sounds and symbols through a series of classes. The classes will offer video and audio presentations and will be conducted by Veronica Pipestem, language instructor. The classes are part of the Language Department's ongoing effort to revitalize the Osage Language.

"The online classes that the Osage language department is now offering are a blessing for those who live away from home. Taking the Beginner 1A Osage language class last semester was wonderful experience," said Jim Ryan, a tribal member who lives in San Antonio, Texas. "We learned the Osage orthography and began building vocabulary of common words. It is a great feeling to be able to now recognize the letters and sound out the Osage words that I see. I have just begun the Osage Beginner class 1B and am now learning some sentences and building my vocabulary. We should all thank the Osage language department for making these amazing classes available to us."

Currently available are two beginner level classes: Beginning Osage 1A and 1B. The courses are basic introductions into the Osage language through the use of the Osage Nation orthography and learning some basic words and phrases and learning to write and read them. Students should complete Beginning Osage 1A before enrolling in 1B and should be able to read and write the Osage writing system before enrolling in the course. The course will elaborate on how to form thoughts in Osage and will focus on sentence structure and vocabulary building, according to the website.

The online courses are self-paced and there is no time limit on how fast students must work. The class course lessons consist of a video tutorial with accompanying handout for the student to use as a self-study guide. The course is closely monitored and frequently updated with new material. There could be more classes added to the website depending on student interest and teacher availability and funding, according to the website.

"Having the option to take the Osage Language class online has been wonderful. The videos Veronica Pipestem made for each lesson add so much to learning the orthography, not to mention the pronunciation, since she repeats each word multiple times while modeling the writing," said David Conaway, a non-Osage student from Springfield, Mo. "I especially like hearing the stories behind the words, like Pawhuska, or money, or the number 1000. Thanks for providing this class, Osage Nation!"

The classes currently have 39 students enrolled in Osage 1A and eight students in the Osage 1B class. Students may enroll at anytime to begin classes since the classes are self-paced and students work independently. There are 100 seats for each class available.

To enroll in classes go to and register and begin free classes to learn the Osage Language.

For more information on the classes or help if enrolled in the classes, please contact the Language Department at (918) 287-5505.

pictograph divider
Home PageFront PageArchivesOur AwardsAbout Us
Kid's PageColoring BookCool LinksGuest BookEmail Us
pictograph divider
  Canku Ota is a free Newsletter celebrating Native America, its traditions and accomplishments . We do not provide subscriber or visitor names to anyone. Some articles presented in Canku Ota may contain copyright material. We have received appropriate permissions for republishing any articles. Material appearing here is distributed without profit or monetary gain to those who have expressed an interest. This is in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107.  
Canku Ota is a copyright © 2000 - 2014 of Vicki Williams Barry and Paul Barry.
Canku Ota Logo   Canku Ota Logo
The "Canku Ota - A Newsletter Celebrating Native America" web site and its design is the
Copyright © 1999 - 2014 of Paul C. Barry.
All Rights Reserved.

Site Meter
Thank You

Valid HTML 4.01!