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David Nagle Collection

Identifier: NALC-DNA
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.


  • 1977 - 1998

Language of Materials

The collection materials are in Osage, Ponca and English.

Conditions Governing Access

The records are open to research. Due to donor agreements, some audio and print materials are available to view onsite only; no copies may be disseminated. Contact the NALC at 405-325-3332 or


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

Repository Details

Part of the Native American Languages Collection Repository