Upcoming Events
  • Beadwork Class
    Tuesday, September 8, and Tuesday, September 15

    The Wichita Cultural Education Program will be having bead working classes on September 8 and 15, 2015. The classes will be held in the portable building, Wichita Tribal Complex which is located one mile north of Anadarko and one half mile west on Wichita Lane.

     

    Classes will begin at 6:30 PM and end at 8:30 PM. The class is open to enrolled Wichitas and Wichita descendants. Instruction will be provided by Drucill Beartrack and Nelia Kay Holder and will cover loom work, flat work, and gourd stitch. Refreshments will be served.

     

    Enrollment is open from September 4th to September 7th, 2015. Forms may be picked up at the receptionist desk in the Wichita Cultural/Administration Building. This class is for ages 12 and up. For more information you may call Gary McAdams at (404) 247-2425, Ext. 169.

  • Community Participation Forums
    September 8-9 and September 22-23

    TheWichitaand Affiliated Tribes will be sponsoring Citizen Participation Meetings for the 2015 Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG) program for Indian Tribes and Alaska Native Villages Grant Program. The meetings will be held on September 8, 9, 22, and 23 beginning at 4:30 P.M. The meetings will be held in theTribalAdministrationBuilding. Citizens are invited to attend the meetings and provide input regarding the needs of the community. Funds are designed to develop viable Indian and Alaska Native communities. Citizens may also call  405-247-2425 ext. 163 for information or mail suggestions toWichitaand Affiliated Tribes,P.O. Box 729,Anadarko,OK73005. 

  • Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Support Group
    Monday, September 21, 2015

    The Domestic Family Violence Program will sponsor a support group for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. There will be a psychologist to facilitate. More information can be found in this flyer

  • Special General Council Meeting
    Saturday, September 26, 2015

    There will be a Special General Council Meeting on Saturday, September 26, 2015 at 10:00 am. More information can be found on the posted agenda at right or attached here

  • Cooking Demonstrations
    October 7 and October 21, 2015

    There will be live cooking demonstrations held in the Food Distribution Building. More information can be found in this flyer

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Wichita Tribes Blog

A New Beginning: 1934-Present

"When they awoke the next morning they found beside them a stalk of corn that had already grown. A voice said to them that this was Mother Corn; that they should use it again ... It was promised further on that they would have their grass lodge built and would be given plenty of things to use; and there would be corn planted by the lodge which they were to eat." - Tawakoni Jim in The Mythology of the Wichita, 1904

Wichita history has been one of endurance and survival despite overwhelming adversity. Although village and communal life was destroyed with the loss of reservation land in 1900 and the grass lodges were replaced by frame houses by the1930's, the Wichita people have preserved many elements of their culture for the present and future generations. These descendants of the Wichita, Waco, Tawakoni, Taovaya, and Kichai people survive as a group perhaps because of their shared memories of the past as well as common experiences of the present and their faith in the future.

Organized as the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes, the center of activity is at Anadarko, Oklahoma, where the tribal park and office buildings are located. The tribal government, established under the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934 and the Oklahoma Welfare Act of 1935, consists of a President and Executive Committee who are elected to four-year terms by the enrolled tribal members. The Wichitas have joined also with the Caddo and Delaware tribes to form WCD Enterprises, an organization that promotes business development. 

While developing new skills at technical institutions, colleges, and universities, Wichita people attempt to maintain their identities and links with the past. Some young people attend college during the week, returning home on weekends and holidays to participate in family and community gatherings. Here, memories of the past are shared with the younger generation by relating stories of life in the grass house villages of the Southern Plains or of growing up on farms and in rural communities in early Oklahoma. Memories to share with future generations are also being formed at contemporary tribal and intertribal dances and gatherings that take place in Anadarko, Gracemont, Pawnee, and other communities. Because of the active presence of grandparents in the daily lives of children, some of the most vital elements of traditional culture, knowledge, and skills are transferred to the younger generation.

Over the years, the Wichita Mission and the Rock Springs Baptist Church have been the locations of Wichita services, dinners, and camp meetings. Both churches continue to have active members who often sing hymns in the Wichita language. The Native American Church, with its emphasis upon gaining spiritual knowledge through personal revelation, also continues to be a focus of Wichita religious life.

Another continuing tradition is the yearly summer visitation which takes place between the Wichita and Pawnee people. These visits, in which each tribe alternates as host, consist of two-week encampments during which friendships and family ties are recognized through a ceremonial exchange of gifts. Individuals have the opportunity to visit, remember the stories and songs of the past, and to recall the longstanding relationship that has existed between these two groups.

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