Upcoming Events
  • 2016 High School Senior Assistance
    Spring 2016

    Enrolled Wichita Tribal members in their senior year of high school may qualify. For more information, see the flyer, or contact the education department at 405-247-8612.

  • Wichita Language Classes for Children
    Sundays at 2:00 p.m.

    Language classes are being held on Sundays at 2:00 p.m.  

  • Summer Youth Camp
    Apply by May 6, 2016

    This camp will be for boys and girls ages 6-12 years old. This is for enrolled Wichita members. This overnight camp will have activities such as fishing, swimming, athletics, cultural arts and crafts, culture lessons, and storytelling. Each camper will be provided an individual tent, sleeping bag, pillow, hygiene bag, flashlight, tackle box, and fishing pole. They will be able to take these items home with them at the end of camp. Campers will be dropped off Tuesday, May 31st @ 8AM and picked up Friday, June 3rd by 5PM. Please note for the overnight camp that we will ask that if your camper becomes homesick and asks to go home, that you make sure that you are available to do so. More information will be provided at a later date.

     

    Applications for the summer camp are available now. The applications will be due May 6th.A copy of the participant's CDIB is required.No late submissions will be accepted. 

  • Summer Youth Program
    June 6- July 29, 2016

    This program will run from June 6th-July 29th. MONDAY-THURSDAY. You will be able to drop your camper off at 8AM Monday-Thursday, and pick them up by 5PM each day. Daily activities will include cultural arts and crafts, cultural lessons, storytelling, and athletics. Through the summer program we will take weekly field trips as well. Consent forms and more information will be sent home before each trip.

     

    Applications for the summer camp/program are available now. The applications will be due May 6th.A copy of the participant's CDIB is required.No late submissions will be accepted.

     

  • Annual General Council Meeting
    July 16, 2016

    Mark your calendars.  More information TBA. 

  • 2016 Tribal Elections
    July 16, 2016

    Elections will be held for all 7 positions on the Wichita Executive Committee.  More information will be announced at a later date. Mark your calendars to participate in the 2016 elections. 

  • Annual Dance
    August 11-14, 2016

    Wichita Annual Dance is scheduled for August 11-14, 2016. Mark your calendars. More information to be provided at a later date. 

Wichita Language
ik:kó:khas
bell
More Wichita Words
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Wichita Tribes Blog
  • 14th Annual Oklahoma Native American Youth Language Fair
    April 20, 2016 1:03 PM

  • Community Visioning Meeting for Enrolled Tribal Members
    April 14, 2016 4:01 PM

    Saturday, April 30, 2016 @ 10:00 a.m. in the Community Building located at the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes  Lunch will be provided. There will also be door prizes available. The Wichita and Affiliated Tribes Executive Committee will hold a one day Community Visioning Session to gain tribal community input on the economic development vision, community priorities […]

  • Lawton IHS Centennial
    April 14, 2016 3:46 PM

    Lawton Indian Hospital will be celebrating 100 years on this date with reception to follow. More information can be found in the flyer.

  • Elder Informational Meeting
    April 14, 2016 3:45 PM

    Information from different entities providing services for elders will be available at this informational session. Meal provided. More information on this event can be found in the flyer.

  • JOM Honor Dance 2016
    April 14, 2016 3:44 PM

    JOM student awards will be presented at this event, along with a meal and honor dance.

  • Land Buy Back Program
    March 9, 2016 4:29 PM

    The Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations implements the land consolidation component of the Cobell Settlement, which provided $1.9 billion to purchase fractional interests in trust or restricted land from willing sellers at fair market value. Consolidated interests are immediately restored to tribal trust ownership for uses benefiting the reservation community and tribal members. There are […]

  • Circuit Training
    February 19, 2016 8:37 AM

  • Great American Cleanup
    February 18, 2016 3:21 PM

  • 2016 High School Senior Assistance
    February 18, 2016 3:17 PM

  • Wichita Community Garden
    February 18, 2016 2:47 PM

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.)