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MS 4125 Wichita texts and interlinear English; Kichai translations of 4 Wichita texts; and Wichita and Kichai vocabularies

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Catalog Data

Swanton, John Reed, 1873-1958  Search this
Hadden, John  Search this
Caley, Jose  Search this
giwakodadaka  Search this
Old Man Yellowbird  Search this
Wits  Search this
481 Pages
Caddo  Search this
Wichita Indians  Search this
Kichai  Search this
Indians of North America -- Great Plains  Search this
Keeche Indians  Search this
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
April-November, 1919
Scope and Contents:
Includes Autograph Document (carbon copy) 96 pages. The Wichita texts are entitled, "Wichita Stories," and, except the first, numbered with Roman numerals (II-X). Each of the 10 sections is apparently a separate story, because each begins with an introductory formula. The Kichai translations of four of these Wichita stories are given numbers corresponding to the 4 Wichita stories. Each Kichai translation has an accompanying carbon copy. The vocabularies include separate Kichai and Wichita word lists and phrases as well as a short comparative vocabulary of the two. There is also 1 sheet containing words in other Indian languages as well as Wichita and Kichai.
Biographical / Historical:
Kichai informants: Josie Caley, Old Man Yellowbird, and "Wits and wife." John Hadden was the interpreter with Jose Caley. No Wichita informants are named by Swanton, but the informant for a Wichita version of a Pawnee story is recorded as saying that the "name of Old Pawnee who told him the story [was] giwakodadaka."
The location and date of the collection of this material is mentioned in Bureau of American Ethnology-AR 40, page 5, and Bureau of American Ethnology-AR 41, page 7.
Local Numbers:
NAA MS 4125
Local Note:
The last 5 Wichita texts, the Kichai translations, and a 16 page Kichai vocabulary were formerly filed under Manuscript Number 4137. They were added to Manuscript Number 4125 as of 6/1970.
autograph document
Other Title:
Wichita Stories
Language and languages -- Documentation  Search this
Manuscript 4125, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives