Upcoming Events
  • BIA TREES Pathways Program
    Apply by June 2015

    Tuition assistance, internships, and job placement, available to Native American and Alaska Native forestry and natural resources students. More information can be found in this flyer

  • 2015 Annual General Council Meeting
    July 18, 2015

    2015 Annual General Council Meeting will be held on Saturday, July 18, 2015. Agenda is posted on home page (to the left).

  • Annual Dance
    August 13 – 16, 2015

    The Annual Dance this year will be August 13 - 16, 2015. More details to come.

Wichita Language
nikwi:kʔa
egg
More Wichita Words
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Wichita Tribes Blog
  • VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT
    July 1, 2015 2:42 PM

    The Wichita and Affiliated Tribes are taking applications for a Tribal Funded Social Services Program Caseworker. More details in image.

  • SEEKING JUVENILE SERVICES PROGRAM DIRECTOR
    July 1, 2015 2:41 PM

  • New Book Available
    June 17, 2015 2:27 PM

    http://www.amazon.com/Wichita-Indians-People-Grass-House/dp/1939054419/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1434415073&sr=8-1&keywords=The+Wichita+Indians+Susan+Holland&pebp=1434415382468&perid=8CA941BDC84141B792EB

  • DIABETES WALK
    June 5, 2015 12:30 PM

  • ANNUAL DANCE
    June 5, 2015 10:44 AM

  • Fun Family Fitness Event in Lawton
    June 5, 2015 10:40 AM


  • June 5, 2015 10:38 AM

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), congenital CMV (cytomegalovirus) is the most common viral cause of birth defects and developmental disabilities in the US. Each year, 30,000 children (1 in 150) are born with congenital CMV, causing 400 deaths and leaving 8,000 (1 in 750) children with permanent disabilities. In Oklahoma alone, 1 in […]

  • RABIES CLINIC
    June 5, 2015 10:30 AM

  • White House to Host Tribal Youth Gathering
    May 12, 2015 12:23 PM

    WASHINGTON, DC – On Thursday, July 9, 2015, the White House will host the first-ever White House Tribal Youth Gathering in Washington, DC, to provide American Indian and Alaska Native youth from across the country the opportunity to interact directly with senior Administration officials and the White House Council on Native American Affairs. The Tribal […]

  • Summer Youth Program NOW ENROLLING
    May 12, 2015 11:05 AM

    The Wichita and Affiliated Tribes Juvenile Services Program will be hosting a Summer Youth Program for enrolled tribal members and descendants (descendants must provide proof of eligibility for example father/mother CDIB card or other documentation).  The program will focus on those between the ages 6 – 15 years old.  It will be hosted at the […]

Wichita Language Class

Class Instructors

Doris McLemore and Gary McAdams

Click here to see and hear sample words in the Wichita language.

 

ABOUT THE WICHITA LANGUAGE

 

There are many ways in which Wichita is a very special language, compared with other languages from around the world. The sound system is extraordinarily simple; almost no other language has so few different sounds. But the way in which words change their pronunciation in different sentences is exceptionally complex, and the internal structure of individual words (what they are made of, and how those pieces fit together) is more complex than that of any other language.

 

Wichita is closely related historically to Pawnee, Arikara, and Kitsai. That means that some time in the past-- probably on the order of 800 to 1200 years ago-- the ancestors of these four tribe lived together and spoke one language, which then developed differently among the different groups after they were no longer living together. Some time even earlier than that, the ancestors of these groups and those of the Caddo also formed one group. Linguists have given the name Caddoan Family to this set of languages, but there is no sense in which any of the modern languages is older than any other-- they all go back to a single group, much as all the branches of a tree go back to the trunk, with no main branch being the source of any other branch, but rather all deriving from the trunk.

 

(The above description description was written by Dr. David Rood in the Introduction to Wichita Language Lessons, 1993.)