Update on the Project’s Contract
The following is the summary of our project’s contract as it has been created and updated thus far.
- Project Description
- Tools to be Utilized
- Work to be Completed by Team Members
- Schedule of Milestones
- Full Research Proposal
The purpose of this research project is essentially designed around and intended to uncover the historical significance and further influence Native American Indian Tribes had in the Northern Frontier of Texas. More specifically tied into our project is the surrounding rhetoric and memorabilia found in the City of Wichita Falls towards the Wichita, and their forced migration patterns as seen in the late and early 19th and 20th century to and from Wichita Falls, Texas. As noted, this project intends to place the Wichita and other regional populations into the appropriate historical context, ranging from their initial presence through forced migrations and ending in their continued influence on regional culture even after their departure. Academic research has been produced in regards towards the Native American groups found in the Western Texoma region and the area surrounding Wichita Falls, TX.
Tools to be Utilized
- Throughout the entirety of this project, multiple social media platforms will be utilized in order to keep up with the progress of the work being done collectively as a team and individually such as:
- Brad’s Updates: https://twitter.com/bsgray99
- Maria’s updates: https://twitter.com/SGAPresident18
- MSU Project Site: http://xroads.coplacdigital.org/mwsu/
- Brad’s Updates: http://xroads.coplacdigital.org/gray/
- Maria’s Updates: http://xroads.coplacdigital.org/pena/
- Additionally to these platforms, various tools will be utilized to map and track the process of migration in order to present the information in a neat, clean, and interactive manner such as:
- Story Map JS
- Timeline Js
- Furthermore, to document the work in progress that is to be utilized as an annotated bibliography, Google Docs will be utilized through the link provided: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-7NeTVzA-HtKzqIikKiCP5ETjGOoyOtUd6I8b1gbHjc/edit?usp=sharing
- Lastly, secondary and primary sources in the form of articles, texts, and possible interviews from Historians in the Wichita Falls Community will be utilized to collect the information necessary to create this project.
Work to be Completed by Team Members
- Regional Establishment and History: Brad
- An overview of Native American settlement within and early influences upon the Texoma region, especially in the 18th and mid-19th centuries
- Forced Migrations: Brad
- The movement of Native American people in response to outside pressures of Anglo – American settlement, including relegation to reservations in Texas and Oklahoma
- Significance of the Northern Frontier: Brad and Maria
- In regards to the establishment of the Northern Frontier within the State of Texas in the late 18th and early 19th century, an understanding of the Anglo American settlement on the land in the Texoma Region and consequent forced migration on behalf of the Native American Indians occurred is crucial.
- Racial Symbolism, romanticized propaganda, statues, monuments, in Legal Rhetoric: Maria
- Title of page: as presented: Rhetoric found
- Information on page: establishing an understanding behind symbolism, propaganda, monuments, etc. established within the Legal sphere of Texas and within Wichita Falls; emphasizing on the fact that language and legislation creates barriers is important to determine the concept of forced migration. (Racial Symbolism, romanticized propaganda, statues, monuments, in Legal Rhetoric.)
- Website Design: Home, About, and Bibliographic pages, and any other support pages we deem necessary: Maria and Brad
- Title of Pages, information on pages, works cited, footnotes, etc.
- Regional Establishment and History: Brad
- Final Draft of Contract: Maria
- As presented on Google Docs, as well as the working project site.
Schedule of Milestones
- 19 Sept: COPLAC Contract Rough Draft
- 22 Sept: Project Site Design Established
- 26 Sept: COPLAC Contract Rough Draft – 2nd review
- 30 Sept: Timeline and StoryMap developed
- 3 Oct: First Timeline JS and StoryMap JS [Syll.]
- 5 Oct: Contract Final Draft [Syll.]
- 31 Oct: Website Rough Draft [Syll.]
- 30 Nov: Final Presentations [Syll.]
- 11 Dec: Website Final Draft [Syll.]
Full Research Proposal: Abstract, Thesis, Methodology, Justification
The Native American group known as the Wichita Indians suffered through immense forced migration during the 19th and 20th century due to Anglo – American influences in Northern Texas; hence the lack of current representation in places such as Wichita Falls, Texas. Furthermore, the Wichita Indians had difficult relationships with stronger, more prominent tribes such as the Comanche Indians, who dominated most of Northern Texas, consequently creating tension between tribes and further displacement. Although the Wichita Indians are no longer found in Wichita Falls, influences of the Wichita Indians are professed throughout the city and county’s history. Whether it be in buildings, statues, geographical or landscapes named after them, their legacy remains although their history does not.
The resources used in this project fall into two distinct categories. The first category focuses on primary sources, contemporary accounts to the history being analyzed. This will include autobiographies, memoirs, and interviews, such as Bass’s The Arapaho Way: A Memoir of an Indian Boyhood. It will also include accounts and depictions from newspapers and other periodicals, as well as pertinent official policy and legislation. The second major category of resources to be utilized by this project include secondary sources that inform and analyze previous events. These works come in two distinct variants. The first such variant focuses on regional history. These sources include significant details on the influential Native American populations in the region, but they place them squarely within the context of Texas, the United States, and the settlement of the western frontier. Alternatively, some sources used will instead focus upon the Native American populations themselves. While these wider studies will go well beyond the regional focus adopted by this project, they will still serve as an important resource.
Significant amounts of academic research has been conducted on the Native American populations of the western Texoma region and the area surrounding Wichita Falls, TX. However, much of the research is dated, warrants further examination, or provides incomplete coverage of all aspects of the topic. Some of the historic analysis has been rooted in the mythology surrounding the state of Texas, potentially resulting in skewed perspectives. Additionally, not all Native American populations have been studied to the same extent. The Wichita, in particular, have been marginalized in many of the wider studies. This project intends to place the Wichita and other regional populations into the appropriate historical context, ranging from their initial presence through forced migrations and ending in their continued influence on regional culture even after their departure.