Marker Logo HMdb.org THE HISTORICAL
MARKER DATABASE
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Wichita in Sedgwick County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Stories

The Wisdom of Storytelling

 

—Plains Indians Life, Beliefs and Practices —

 
Stories Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 4, 2011
1. Stories Marker
Inscription.

Gathered as a group at night around the fire, the tribe used storytelling to draw the community closer together. In each story lay a lesson. A bit of wisdom for the younger tribal members to carry with them through life. To the Indians, storytelling represented communication, entertainment and education. Though often conveyed verbally, stories were recorded through symbols. This is an example of a traditional hunting story.

[Symbol 1] A man rose early one morning

[Symbol 2] And went into the mountains where he had a vision

[Symbol 3] He knew he needed food for his people

[Symbol 4] He traveled for one day, one night, another day, another night

[Symbol 5] Early the next morning

[Symbol 6] He spotted a buck

[Symbol 7] He shot it with one shot

[Symbol 8] He killed the deer

[Symbol 9-14 need transcription]
 
Location. 37° 41.484′ N, 97° 21.003′ W. Marker is in Wichita, Kansas, in Sedgwick County. Touch for map. The marker is on the Keeper of the Plains plaza, at the confluence of the Big and Little Arkansas Rivers, about 500 feet ESE of the Mid-America All-Indian Center. Marker is at or near this postal address: 650 North Seneca Street, Wichita KS 67203, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least
Symbols on Stories Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 4, 2011
2. Symbols on Stories Marker
Story symbols missing to right of photo
8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Women (here, next to this marker); Buffalo (here, next to this marker); Warriors (here, next to this marker); Keeper of the Plains (here, next to this marker); Tribes (here, next to this marker); Ceremony (here, next to this marker); Dream Animals (a few steps from this marker); Tipis (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wichita.
 
Also see . . .
1. Circle of Stories Native Storytelling. (Submitted on June 26, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Indian Legends. (Submitted on June 26, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Storytelling of the North Carolina Native Americans. (Submitted on June 26, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Storytellers. (Submitted on June 26, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
5. Mid-America All-Indian Center, Wichita. (Submitted on June 26, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
6. Keeper of the Plains Plaza. (Submitted on June 26, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. CommunicationsEducationEntertainmentNative Americans
 
Keeper of the Plains Plaza Markers image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr.
3. Keeper of the Plains Plaza Markers
(l-r) Tribes, Buffalo, Stories, Women, Warriors, and Ceremony Markers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 26, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 287 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 26, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   3. submitted on June 25, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
 
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Photo of the remaining story symbols • Can you help?
Paid Advertisement