Critiques for the site: progress underway.

— End of week Thirteen —

Dr. Dunn shared with me the notes he made in regards to my working website yesterday (Wed. Nov. 15) via email, which I then took as the directions to edit my website. I for one am very grateful for the time that was dedicated to look at the pages I had up, and note little things here or there that could be changes.  Additionally, we met today via Zoom to discuss the notes he had, and to answer any questions I may have in regards to the progress of the site. We discussed in length several suggestions I sincerely plan on implementing on my site, as well as discuss real goals I should set for myself and reach in the next two weeks before we present.

I feel rather calm at this point; openly optimistic.  I’ve taken the time to look at everyone’s sites and can say without hesitation that I am very impressed with everyone’s’ work and partnership. It inspires me when I view their blogs or websites, and entices me to work towards similar goals so that my site is just as good as everyone else who has a partner. I also feel as if I need to continue constant maintenance of this blog site to make up for the lack of having a partner, so I can document every little step I make to make this project successful.

As for the website for my project, I have changed the titles of the pages.

  • I now have a total of six (6) main pages, which each have drop down boxes to subpages.
  • I added “next” and “previous” page buttons to each page to facilitate the use of the websites order.
  • I’ve removed unnecessary wording on most of my pages, as well as fixed more grammatical errors.
  • I’ve added a page to thank the COPLAC /Mellon collaboration.
  • Fixed my bibliography and shared the document with Dr. Turner.
  • Added a few more tables, such as the continuing work I’ve been doing to add a glossary as well as one that identifies the Wichita Indians chronologically.
  • I’ve created citations for footnotes for my pages (to be put on the site soon.)

I have been working on a table that identifies the Wichita Indians over time, and I will share the table below. This table used to be in alphabetical order, but Dr. Dunn recommended I put it in chronological order since it would help emphasize the change in rhetoric. It looks different on this theme, as it will on the theme for the project website.

YearTerm Origin
Before the 16th CenturyKitikiti'sh / KirikirishThere are various definitions or meanings that can be used to interpret this term; one definition explaining it as, "racoon eyes" while others have defined this term as, "pre - eminent men" or "paramount among men". This was the first term used to identify the Wichita Indians, and is derived from the Wichita's ancestors. During this time, the Wichita lived in the fertile valleys of the south - central plains that are now known as Kansas and Oklahoma.
QuivirasIn 1541, Francisco Vazquez de Coronado led the Coronado Expeditions and consequently visited parts of what is now known as the state of Kansas. The name that was given to the Indians Coronado encountered during this time was later on archeologically and historically validated as the Wichita Indians.
1719OusitasA french business trader by the name of Jean Baptiste de la Harpe recognized a band of Indians in Oklahoma he referred to as the Ousitas; this group was later on historically identified as a band of the Wichita Indians.
1750WichitaAnglo - American settlers in the state of Texas used this name to identify the Wichita Indians, and it was one of the first instances that a band of Wichita Indians was identified correctly by Anglo - Americans.
1772QuedsitasAthanese de Mézières was the commandant of a Spanish post that was located in Natchitoches, Louisiana and he visited a band of Indians along the the upper Brazos River. This group of Indians was later on historically identified as a band of the Wichita Indians.
1805WichetaA mispronunciation of the name, "Wichita", Anglo - American Settlers in the state of Texas used the term to identify this band of Indians that were specifically located along the Red River.
1850Towiach / TawehashIn reference to various groups of Indians located along the Wichita and Brazos River, the name was used to identify these smaller bands, and later on identified as Wichita Indians historically.

Another obstacle I have faced is that of coming up with images for my site; I am supposed to meet Lean, a graduate student here at MWSU, who will help with that part. So I am very grateful, and hope that our schedules don’t conflict too much so that I can begin working on this part of my project.

Until next time, Maria.

Please feel free to take a look at the digital COPLAC contract, which I have taken the time to perfect it from its initial form and includes a formal research proposal as well.

Here you will find my working thesis: “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.”

Until next time, Maria.

Link to MWSU Project Site.


COPLAC Contract.

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