Wichita Tribal Princess
Charlie D. McAdams
Wichita Tribal Princess
Charlie D. McAdams is an enrolled member of the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes. She is the 14 year old daughter of Cassandra McAdams and Charles Chalepah, the granddaughter of the late Ardina and Gary McAdams, and great granddaughter of Louie and Elva Mae Miller, and great-great-granddaughter of Moses and Minnie Caley. She is a direct descendent of Tawakoni Dave and Old Man Kiowa. On her paternal side, she is the granddaughter of Carolyn Chalepah, the great-granddaughter of Clarence "Blackie" and Sally Chalepah, and a direct descendent of Apache John.
She has been an active member of the Wichita Little Sisters for 14 years. In 2012-13, she served as the organization's princess. . She has been invited to perform across the state for various groups, as a member, as well as with the Anadarko Dance Troup of which she is also a member. Membership in this inter-tribal organization has provided her the opportunity to learn about other tribes and has learned some Kiowa hymns, as well as other dance styles. She has assisted her mother in helping tech the other members with learning Wichita dances, songs, language, and Native American sign language. She has competed for 9 years in the Native American Youth Language Fair at the Sam Noble Museum, placing 1st, 2nd, and 3rd several times in groups, and 1st as an individual in this most recent competition. She attends the Wichita Young Men's Society classes, learning more Wichita songs, and has participated in many cultural classes including basket weaving, beadwork, language class, and archery. She has been involved in the Wichita-Pawnee visitation, the oldest traditional ceremony the tribe continues, since she was born. She has participated in Pawnee traditions such as the Young Dog Dance and Kitkehaki Dance, and has been learning about the sweat lodge and its meaning. She is interested in learning the history of our people and traditions to eventually pass them on to her children and future generations.
Charlie began this academic year as a freshman at Anadarko High School and plays softball. She has been a member of the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) club and plans to attend Southwestern Oklahoma State University following graduation. After majoring in zoology at SWOSU, she hopes to continue education at Oklahoma State University with an ultimate goal of becoming a large animal veterinarian to care for buffalo.
One day she hopes to be Miss Indian Oklahoma and stated that her previous title gave her the opportunity to meet people of other tribes. She plans to use the Wichita Tribal Princess title as a platform to be an example for other young ladies, believing that culture can be preventative against plagues on Indian country like alcohol and drugs. Vowing to do her best to well represent her tribe, family, and self in a positive manner, she hopes to meet more people and get to know the tribe better. She says, "Itis a great honor to serve as our princess. I am proud to be Kirkir:i?s Wichita. Our ways are good. I'll do my very best to represent our people in a good way. Thank you for all of your support. So:tic?a."