David Nagle Collection

Languages Represented: The collection materials are in Osage, Ponca and English

Extent: 9 items

Collection Date Range: circa 1977 - 1998

Creators: David Nagle

Abstract: A collection of audio recordings songs, dances, hymns and language lessons in various Dhegiha languages originally recorded between the late 1970s and late 1990s.

Acquisition Information: These records came to the Sam Noble Museum in 2014 and were deposited by David Nagle.

Access Restrictions: The records are open to research. Contact the NALC at 405-325-3332 or language.samnoblemuseum@ou.edu.

Cite As: [title], [catalog number], David Nagle Collection, Sam Noble Museum Department of Native American Languages.

Collection Scope and Contents:

David Nagle, Ph.D., is a pastor and language professor of German who has also worked on the Osage language. He received his doctorate in 2004 from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater where he wrote his dissertation on Osage language preservation and renewal. For this, he worked with Osage students in Hominy, Oklahoma, testing the educational curriculum and researching second language learning theory and literature with respect to its implications for indigenous language recovery and renewal. Nagle also worked with the late Carolyn Quintero, an author and linguist from Hominy, Oklahoma, whose vast collection of Dhegiha language materials can be also found here at the Sam Noble Museum.

As part of his fieldwork, Nagle collected audio recordings of Native American languages. In 2014, he donated over 11 hours of original audiocassette recordings from the 1970s through the 1990s to our archive. The recordings document two languages within the Dhegiha branch of the Siouan language family: Osage and Ponca. Osage is a language spoken by the Osage people of Oklahoma, whose last native speaker, Lucille Roubedeaux, died in ca. 2005. Ponca is a language spoken by the Ponca people of Oklahoma and Nebraska.

The recordings in this collection feature the voices of Dhegiha speakers and scholars including Frances Holding, Carolyn Quintero and Elfrido Vipont Foulds. Among the recordings are Osage vocabulary lessons and prayers, and Ponca hymns and War Dance songs.

Catalog #Title
DNA-001Osage Vocab, Frances Holding, April 1985
DNA-002Prayers in Osage by Frances Holding, Hominy Friends Meeting 1997-1998
DNA-003Carolyn Quintero, Osage Lessons
DNA-004Carolyn Quintero - The Lord's Prayer in Osage and Piano Music ("Just a Closer Walk With Thee")
DNA-005Ponca War Dance Songs
DNA-006Elfrida Vipont Foulds, April 17, 1997
DNA-007Ponca Hymns
DNA-008Levi and Francine Big Goose Lead Ponca Hymns at Friends Meetinghouse
DNA-009Levi Big Goose Singing Ponca Hymns