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Help Wanted--Special Events!

The Wichita Cultural Education Program is seeking an individual to provide meal preparation services for the Pottery Workshop on Saturday September 23rd and for the cultural activities to be held on Sunday September 24th. The program is also looking for someone to demonstrate how to make pumpkin dumplings. Interested persons should contact Gary McAdams at (405) 247-2425, ext. 169 or (405) 933-3716 or gary.mcadams@wichitatribe.com.


Wichita Schedule Second Annual Double Ball Exhibition


The Wichita Cultural Education Program, in conjunction with the Wichita Little Sisters and the Wichita Young Men's Society, will host an evening of Wichita tribal activities beginning at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, September 24 2017. The event takes place at the Wichita Tribal Dance Grounds, 1.25 miles north of Anadarko on Highway 281.

Activities will include a women's double ball game, a Wichita dance demonstration and a Wichita hand game. The program will begin with double ball at 2:30 p.m., followed by a pot luck dinner at 5:00 p.m. Activities will resume with dance demonstrations around 6:00 p.m. and hand game sessions starting at 7:00 p.m.

The Wichita Tribe's Cultural Planner, Gary McAdams, stated the following about the event:

"The purpose of the dance demonstration is to provide an opportunity for tribal members to learn by taking part in performing dances like the welcome songs, drum dance, big wolf, young dog and ghost dance. In the past, hand game was played in a ceremonial way. Nowadays, it is mostly for fellowship, but it is a tradition that in its present form has been practiced by the Wichita for nearly a hundred years."  

McAdams also stated that "It is an axiom in the field of cultural preservation that the best way to preserve culture and tradition is to actively take part in the practice of your culture and traditions."

The Little Sisters, Young Men's Society and the WCEP encourages enrolled and descendant Wichitas to join them on the 24th. The women's double ball teams are currently recruiting players and are also encouraging individuals to form a youth team.

For more information, contact Gary McAdams by phone at (405) 933-3716 or (405) 247-2425, ext. 169 or by email at gary.mcadams@wichitatribe.com.    





Pottery Class Begins August 26th

The Wichita Cultural Education Program is sponsoring the third annual Wichita pottery making class. Sessions will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on August 26th, September 9th, and September 23rd in the Portable Building at the Wichita Tribal Complex, which is located one mile north of Anadarko on Hwy. 281, then one half mile west on Wichita Lane.

Students will learn how to select clays best suited for pot making, to learn the hand-coil method of... pot construction and to decorate, polish and to traditionally pit fire pottery. Instruction will be provided by Shawn Lambert, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Oklahoma. Enrollment is restricted to 15 students, 10 years old and up. Younger students may attend if accompanied by an adult. Enrolled tribal members will be given priority.

Interested persons should contact Gary McAdams by email at gary.mcadams@wichitatribe.com or by phone at (405) 247-2425, Ext. 169 or at (405) 933-3716.


2017 Pottery Workshop





Archived Articles

Beadworking Workshop Held for Tribal Youth

The Wichita Cultural Education Program (WCEP) held a Beadworking Workshop on Saturday, August 10, 2013. Participation was restricted to 10 enrolled Wichita and Wichita descendant youth ages 6 to 17.  


Wichita's Enjoy Learning About Basketweaving


Wichita' youth along with their chaparones enjoyed a day of learning how to basketweave on Tuesday, June 25, 2013.  The basketweaving workshop was conducted by Rose Drake, a member of the Oklahoma Native American Basket Association.  Ms. Drake is currently doing research on Spiro Mounds basketry and reating replicas of such baskets.  Rose and two other weavers donated their time to this project.  The children enjoyed a day of making mats rather than an actual basket because of time constraints.  Gary McAdams is the Cultural Planner and organized the activity for the Cultural Programs. 



WCEP Sponsors Basket-Weaving Workshop 



On November 9, 2013 the Wichita Cultural Education Program (WCEP) sponsored a basket weaving workshop at Oklahoma Basket Supply Company in Wellston, Oklahoma. The students attending the training were Sydney Prince, Charlie McAdams, and Micah McAdams. The instructors were Barbara Hair and Risi Thelander, members of the Oklahoma Weavers Association, who donated their time, talent and personal expenses in providing the training. The students who received the training were selected because of the aptitude they exhibited at the weaving workshop held this past June. The completed baskets represent the first baskets created by Wichita weavers in centuries. It is hoped that these students will continue to practice the art of weaving and pass on their knowledge in future workshops to be conducted by the WCEP.