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Wichita Language Class

Wichita Language Classes to Begin February 4, 2018

The Wichita Cultural Education Program will begin language classes for children each Sunday from 3:00-4:30 p.m. beginning February 4 and ending March 25. There will be a total of eight classes held in the portable building at the Wichita Tribal Complex, located one mile north of Anadarko on Highway 281 and then one-half mile west on Wichita Lane.

 

Classes will focus on vocabulary, learning to count, everyday language use, the Wichita orthography and preparation for the Oklahoma Native American Youth Language Fair.

 

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

 

Class Instructors

 

Gary McAdams

Click here to see and hear sample words in the Wichita language.

Click here for information on the Wichita Language Survey.

 

Wichita Song Classes to Begin Monday, February 5, 2018

 

The Wichita Cultural Education Program will begin having Wichita song classes for enrolled and descendant Wichita males of all ages each Monday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. starting on February 5 and ending March 26 for a total of eight classes.

 

The class will focus on traditional Wichita songs in general, though a portion of each class will be used to prepare the younger students for their participation in the Oklahoma Native American Youth Language Fair. Instruction will be provided by Jimmy Reeder.

 

Classes will be held in the portable building at the Wichita Tribal Complex which is located one mile north of Anadarko on Hwy. 281 and then one half mile west on Wichita Lane. For more information you may contact Gary McAdams at (405) 247-2425, Ext. 169 or by email at gary.mcadams@wichitatribe.com.

 

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.)