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Wichita Cultural Activities Evening

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.