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Grass house of the Wichita Indians near Anadarko, Oklahoma, is cone shape with a thatch of long grass laid in tiers that overlap like shingles. The Wichita have been identified historically with Quivirans that the Coronado expedition encountered in south-central Kansas in 1541. The group moved south into what is now Oklahoma early in the eighteenth century where they are located today.
Date: Between 1890 and 1899
This photograph can be used to with others from this benchmark to show different types of American Indian housing. From the pictures, students can discuss why different groups chose different types of shelter.
Item Number: 210708
Call Number: E99 W6 D9 *6
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 210708
Built Environment - Areas of Significance - Ethnic Heritage - Native American
Built Environment - Function - American Indian - Grass houses
Collections - Photograph
Curriculum - 1st Grade Standards - Kansas History Standards - Groups of people (Benchmark 2) - American Indian shelters (Indicator 4)
Curriculum - 1st Grade Standards - Kansas History Standards - Historical thinking (Benchmark 4) - Sources to discuss past (Indicator 3)
Curriculum - 2nd Grade Standards - Kansas History Standards - Groups of people (Benchmark 2) - Daily life (Indicator 1)
Date - 1880s
Date - 1890s
Home and Family - Residences
Objects and Artifacts - Communication Artifacts - Documentary Artifact - Photograph
People - American Indians - Tribes - Wichita
Places - Other States - Oklahoma
Type of Material - Photographs