Upcoming Events
  • School Supplies
    July 25, 2014

    School supplies will be given out on July 25, 2014.  

  • Grade Incentive Award Deadline
    July 31, 2014

    Parents of children in grades 6th-12th may apply for the grade incentive award until July 31, 2014.  Please click here for more information.

  • Kitikiti'sh Scholarship Deadline
    July 31, 2014

    The deadline for the Kitikiti'sh Scholarship is July 31, 2104.  Please contact the Higher Education Program for more information. 

  • Elder Lawn Mowing Program
    All Summer

    Applications for the Elder Lawn Mowing Program are currently available.  Please click here for more information. 

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wi:rʔa
arm
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Wichita Tribes Blog
  • REFERENDUM ELECTION NOTICE AND DOCUMENTS INCLUDING SAMPLE BALLOTS & ELECTION PROCEDURES
    July 18, 2014 8:05 PM

    On Saturday July 19, 2014, a Referendum Election will be conducted at the Wichita Tribal Complex, 1 ¼ miles North of Anadarko, Oklahoma on Highway 281. The polling place will be located in the Museum area of the Wichita Tribal Cultural and Administration Building. Voting hours will be from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The […]

  • REFERENDUM ELECTION NOTICE AND DOCUMENTS INCLUDING SAMPLE BALLOTS & ELECTION PROCEDURES
    July 16, 2014 3:35 PM

    On Saturday July 19, 2014, a Referendum Election will be conducted at the Wichita Tribal Complex, 1 ¼ miles North of Anadarko, Oklahoma on Highway 281. The polling place will be located in the Museum area of the Wichita Tribal Cultural and Administration Building. Voting hours will be from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The […]

  • Wichita Tribe to Offer Transportation for Referendum Election
    July 16, 2014 2:51 PM

    The Wichita and Affiliated Tribes will be offering transportation to and from the Wichita Tribal Complex to allow enrolled tribal members 18 and over, who do not have transportation in the Gracemont/Anadarko area, the ability to vote in the Referendum Election. Children and non-enrolled individuals will not be allowed to accompany you in order to […]

  • Sugar Creek Casino-Job Posting
    July 14, 2014 8:07 PM

  • Oral Histories Panel-07/12/2014
    July 9, 2014 11:43 PM

    The Wichita Cultural Education Program has scheduled an Oral Histories Panel discussion to be held at 1:00pm, July 12, 2014. The panel will convene at the Administration On Aging Building, Wichita Tribal Complex which is located one mile north of Anadarko on HWY. 281 and one half mile west on Wichita Lane. The Panel will […]

  • REFERENDUM ELECTION NOTICE AND DOCUMENTS
    July 3, 2014 8:58 AM

    REFERENDUM ELECTION NOTICE AND DOCUMENTS INCLUDING SAMPLE BALLOTS & ELECTION PROCEDURES On Saturday July 19, 2014, a Referendum Election will be conducted at the Wichita Tribal Complex, 1 ¼ miles North of Anadarko, Oklahoma on Highway 281. The polling place will be located in the Museum area of the Wichita Tribal Cultural and Administration Building. […]

  • Wichita Tribal Newsletter-Will be Available July 7, 2014
    July 3, 2014 8:55 AM

    Due to various activities coming up that need to be in the newsletter such as the Annual Meeting, Referendum Election, Annual Dance Flyer and with this being a holiday week, the newsletter will not be out via email until Monday, July 7, 2014 and will be mailed out next week. Thank you for your understanding.

  • Tribal Offices Closed for Employee Picnic & Holiday
    July 3, 2014 8:54 AM

    The Wichita and Affiliated Tribes will be closed on Thursday, July 3, 2014 for the Employee Picnic. The offices will also be closed on Friday, July 4th for the 4th of July holiday. The AoA Program will be open on Thursday for our elders. The Wichita Child Development Center will also be open on Thursday.

  • Referendum Election Information-July 19, 2014
    July 1, 2014 11:27 PM

    REFERENDUM ELECTION NOTICE AND DOCUMENTSINCLUDING SAMPLE BALLOTS & ELECTION PROCEDURES On Saturday July 19, 2014, a Referendum Election will be conducted at the Wichita Tribal Complex, 1 ¼ miles North of Anadarko, Oklahoma on Highway 281. The polling place will be located in the Museum area of the Wichita Tribal Cultural and Administration Building. Voting […]

  • Free Photo ID’s-July 1 to July 18, 2014
    June 25, 2014 10:16 PM

    The Wichita and Affiliated Tribes will offer FREE tribal ID’s to enrolled tribal members 18 and over from July 1 to July 18, 2014.  Valid federal, state or Tribal identification is required to vote in the Referendum Election to be held on July 19, 2014.  You must be present for the ID to be made.  […]

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.)