Upcoming Events
  • Christmas Ham Gift Cards for Elders
    December 15-23, 2014

    Applications available November 1.  Gift cards for enrolled tribal elders 55 and over will be given out Decembeer 15-23, 2014. 

  • Winter Break Basketball Camp and Celebrities In Motion Exhibition Game
    December 22, 2014

    The Juvenile Services Program along with the Special Diabetes Program will be hosting a basketball camp for all Wichita tribal youth and employees youth, December 22, 2014 from 8:00am - 5:00pm at the ISCANI Gym. 

     

    We also have invited Celebrities in Motion, who are former NFL players to present Educational Out Reach "Making Good Choices For Now and the Future".   They will be explaining the importance of staying drug free and speak out about bullying. Part of their presentation will include partnering up and playing a basketball game with the participants.  This event will begin at 10:00am - 3:00pm.  Lunch will be provided.

     

    The Juvenile Services Program and Special Diabetes Program would like to order T-shirts for all who will be participating.  The t-shirts will be used as a ticket/pass into the event. 

     

    There is limited  space for this event so if you and your child would like to participate, please complete this from and return it to Juvenile Services by December 12.  Due to the limited amount of space I apologize for no late exceptions.

    Click above hyperlink or here for flyer and registration form

     

  • Cultural Craft and Activity Day Camp
    December 29-30, 2014

    Juvenile Services and Special Diabetes Programs are hosting a Cultural Craft and Physical Activity Day Camp on Monday, December 29, 2014 from 8am-5pm and Tuesday, December 30, 2014 from 8am-Noon. More information can be found here

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Wichita Tribes Blog
  • 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 […]

  • Walk Your Mocs
    November 13, 2014 9:42 AM

    For Diabetes Awareness Month and “ROCK YOUR MOCS”, the Special Diabetes Program is hosting a Diabetes Awareness Walk and Rock Your Mocs Contest. It will be held this Saturday, November 15, 2014. Registration begins at 9 with the walk scheduled from 10-2. Free Health screens will be provided and all participants will receive a T-shirt […]

  • ANADARKO PUBLIC SCHOOLS-IMPACT AID MEETING DECEMBER 8, 2014
    October 23, 2014 10:18 PM

    The Wichita and Affiliated Tribes has been notified that the Anadarko Public Schools will be adopting the Indian Policies and Procedures (IPP) on December 8, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. This will be during their regular meeting. If you are a Wichita tribal member or the parent of a Wichita tribal member in the Anadarko Public […]

  • Tribe Receives Funding for Wichita History Center
    October 16, 2014 10:09 PM

    The Housing and Urban Development Agency has issued the Notice Of Funding Awards for fiscal year 2014 for the Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG) program. The Wichita and Affiliated Tribes has been awarded $800,000.00 to construct the Wichita Historical Center to be built north of Anadarko, Oklahoma as discussed in previous newsletters. The center […]

  • Wichita Housing Authority-Vacancies
    October 1, 2014 12:12 PM

    Maintenance Worker Small household repairs such as changing switches and receptacles, faucets, evaluating HVAC units and furnaces. Repairs of holes in walls and changing out damaged doors. Includes roof shingle corrections from storm damages. Grounds maintenance include. Presently have two openings. Salary depends on former experience $10 to $12.50 per hour. Security Officer Must be […]

  • WCEP Schedules Beadworking Workshop
    September 17, 2014 9:48 PM

    The Wichita Cultural Education Program (WCEP) will be sponsoring a Beadworking Workshop on September 28, 2014. The workshop will be held from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM at the Portable Building, Wichita Tribal Complex which is located one mile north of Anadarko on Hwy. 281 and one half mile west on Wichita Lane. Participation is […]


  • September 15, 2014 2:47 PM

  • WCEP Schedules Archery Workshop For Wichita Youth
    September 15, 2014 2:46 PM

    The Wichita Cultural Education Program (WCEP) will be sponsoring an Archery Workshop at 1:00 PM on September 20, 2014. The instructor will be Mr. Kenneth Stephenson. Mr. Stephenson is an accomplished archer who has given demonstrations and participated in archery competitions for many years. The workshop will be held at the Portable building, Wichita Tribal […]


  • September 10, 2014 12:00 PM

People of the Grass House: 1750-1820

"Here they lived the woman fixing up the place, building their grass lodge and shed to dry meat, Man-Fond-of-Deer-Meat doing all the hunting . . . They lived here a good long while, the woman remaining at home, the man going out hunting every day. They always had plenty of meat, and the woman raised corn, so they had plenty to eat." - Niastor in The Mythology of the Wichita, 1904

The Southern Plains is a land of seasonal changes with spring thunderstorms, hot summer days, and cool but dry winter months. The Wichitas adapted to this environment and reaped abundant harvests from the land by farming and hunting. During the spring, summer, and early fall they lived in grass house villages while the women cultivated nearby gardens. Crops were planted together in the gardens. Each summer, beans climbed the stalks of multicolored corn, and green leafed squash or "pumpkin" plants spread their vines over the ground.

As summer days shortened and crisp fall mornings dawned, women preserved their harvested corn by roasting and drying it in the sun. Pumpkins were cut into long strips and also sun-dried before being woven into mats which could be folded and stored for later use. The dried corn and pumpkin were used in meat soups or boiled for side dishes. Cornmeal was made by grinding dried corn with a wooden mortar or grinding stone. This cornmeal was then made into bread. Pumpkin mats were often traded to the Comanches or Kiowas for dried buffalo meat. Preserved foods were stored in buffalo-hide bags in underground cache pits until they were needed later in the year or when the harvest was poor and food was scarce.

During the late fall and winter, the Wichitas left their villages for extended buffalo hunts. Living in tipis with family members camping near one another, the men tried to bring in enough game to provide meat for later seasons. Women prepared the meat by thinly slicing it and hanging it to dry in the cool winter's sun. Afterwards, the meat could be transported and stored in buffalo-hide bags for future use. Through the cooperative efforts of both men and women, the annual economic cycle began as the people returned to their summer villages.

Their grass houses, vacant through the winter months, often needed repairs before they could be reoccupied comfortably. Working as a team, family members cut bundles of bluestem grass; women or boys climbed up the cedar frames to repair the walls. The houses could accommodate a family of 10 to 12 people, including a woman and her husband, their unmarried children, as well as their married daughters and sons-in-law, and their grandchildren. Most matters were decided within the individual families, although each village had leaders chosen by a council of outstanding warriors. These leaders were selected because of their demonstrated wisdom, bravery, and generosity.

Wichita ceremonial life closely followed the seasonal round of economic activities. The deer dance, a ceremony performed by the medicine men, was held when the first grass appeared, when corn ripened, and when corn was harvested. The calumet ceremony, involving the presentation of a feathered pipestem to a prominent individual, was believed to be of lasting benefit to the tribe. Other ceremonies were performed to ensure good harvests, the successful return of war parties, or the abundance of buffalo.

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