Upcoming Events
  • Employee Weight Loss Challenge
    2/11/15-3/25/15

    The staff of the Wichita and Affiliated tribes and its enterprises are working toward a healthier personnel with the incentive of an employee weight loss challenge. More information about this can be found in this flyer

  • Honor the Child Day
    April 23, 2015

    "Honor the Child Day"

    Parade & Children's Celebration

    April 23, 2015

    8:45 AM to 2:00 PM

    Beginning on E. Broadway & Ending At Oklahoma Street Junior High School Gym

    * Parade * KID-I-D-Kits * Moon bounce * *Cultural Educational Activities* Information Booths*

    Petting Zoo * Pony Rides * Face Painting* Children's Train Rides

    Ages 6 & Under are welcome!

    Prior Registration is necessary to receive accurate lunch count.

    Lunch & T-Shirts are provided.

    Information : 247-8621

    See the flyer here.

  • 2015 Annual General Council Meeting
    July 18, 2015

    2015 Annual General Council Meeting will be held on Saturday, July 18, 2015. More details to be posted later. 

  • Annual Dance
    August 13 – 16, 2015

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

Wichita Language
kirikir?i:s tac
I am Wichita
More Wichita Words
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Wichita Tribes Blog
  • Job Application Class today!
    February 12, 2015 9:45 AM

  • Informational Meeting for Elders in the Community
    January 13, 2015 4:01 PM

  • Seeking Tribal Administrator
    January 13, 2015 12:15 PM

    The Wichita and Affiliated Tribes has an opening for the position of a Tribal Administrator. Under the supervision of the Wichita Executive Committee, position is responsible for the daily administration and overall operation of Tribal Programs. DUTIES: Responsible for the efficient operation of all tribal programs, submission of proposals for funding and implementation of the […]

  • Heart Health Awareness Day
    January 13, 2015 10:00 AM

  • NON-SMOKING POLICY BEGINS JANUARY 1, 2015
    December 30, 2014 10:29 PM

    On November 24, 2014, the Wichita Executive Committee, by a vote of 6-0-0, approved the Non-Smoking Policy for the Wichita Tribal Complex to be effective on January 1, 2015. The use of tobacco for traditional ceremonial purposes is exempt from this policy.

  • Certified Healthy Business
    December 30, 2014 10:28 PM

    On December 23, 2014, the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes received notification that it met the criteria of a Healthy Business. There are three levels of certification that include: basic, merit and excellence. Last year the Tribe received a Certificate of Merit. This year the Tribe earned a Certificate of Excellence. An awards luncheon will be […]


  • December 30, 2014 10:27 PM

  • New Year’s Eve Watch Scheduled
    December 29, 2014 10:45 AM

    The Wichita Little Sisters and the Wichita Young Men’s Society are sponsoring a New Year’s Eve Watch Night on December 31, 2014 at the newly renovated Wichita Community Building, Wichita Tribal Complex which is located one mile north of Anadarko on Hwy. 281 and one half mile west on Wichita Lane. The evening will begin […]

  • AoA Thanksgiving Dinner
    November 20, 2014 11:16 AM

    The elder Thanksgiving Dinner will begin at 11:40. All Native Americans aged 55 or older and their spouses, regardless of age, are eligible to come and enjoy this meal. See you there !

  • Bi Annual Health Screening
    November 13, 2014 2:25 PM

    Tomorrow!             Friday, November 14, 2014 10:30 am-1:00 pm at the Wichita Tribal Complex Community Building located 1.25 miles north on Hwy 281 in Anadarko. Flu shots will be available for Native Americans ages 18 and over, and will be administered by the AIHC Public Health Nurse. Screenings will be provided […]

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.)