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What lifestyle did the Wichita tribe have?
Like most Caddoans, the Wichita traditionally subsisted largely by farming corn (maize), pumpkins, and tobacco; buffalo hunting was also an important part of their economy. They lived in communal grass-thatched lodges the shape of domed haystacks. On hunting expeditions they resided in tepees.
What did the Wichita tribe use for tools?
Before contact, the Wichita made tools out of stone, wood, and bone. Some common tools included mauls or…
What made the Wichita tribe different from the others?
When Wichita men went on hunting trips, they often used small buffalo-hide tipis (or teepees) as temporary shelter, similar to camping tents. Unlike other Plains Indian tribes, though, the Wichitas were not migratory people, and did not use tall teepees for their regular houses.
Who are the tribes of the Wichita culture?
Then there were independent subtribes or bands who spoke Wichita and shared the Wichita culture. The tribes called the Wacos and the Tawakonis, the Taovayas, the Tawehash, the Yscani and the Kichai are not tribes at all. They are all bands, bands that are part of the Wichita culture and lived the Wichita lifestyle.
What kind of language do the Wichita Indians speak?
The Wichita people speak English today. Some Wichita elders also speak their native Wichita language. Though few people speak Wichita anymore, some young people are working to learn their ancient language again. If you’d like to know an easy Wichita word, “aah” (pronounced like the English word “ah”) is a friendly greeting.
What kind of tools did the Wichita Indians use?
Their tools were made from stone, bone, antler, and wood. Sometime between 1350 and 1450 they constructed the large, cone-shaped houses that the Wichita are known for today. Some of these homes were fortified. The people traded not only with neighboring tribes, but also with more distant ones.
What did Wichita Indian kids do for fun?
Many Wichita children like to go hunting and fishing with their fathers. In the past, Indian kids had more chores and less time to play in their daily lives, just like colonial children. But they did have dolls, toys, and games to play. Here is a picture of a hoop gameplayed by Plains Indian kids.