Kiwat Hasinay means Caddo home. We are working to keep the Caddo language and oral traditions a cultural home for Caddo people.
The Caddo people are an ancient confederacy of the Haish, Hainai, Yona, Kechai, Nadaco, Nasoni, Kadohadacho, and Natchitoche tribes. These groups originally spoke separate languages, albeit mutually intelligible; however, the current trend is towards one single language, as so few fluent speakers remain. In addition to everyday speech, the Caddo people have a ceremonial speech, preserved in song and prayer.
Caddo people originated in Louisiana and settled throughout Louisiana, Texas, and Oklahoma. Place names such as Nacogdoches and Natchitoches are Caddoan in origin. In fact, the name Texas comes from the Caddo word, tayshah or "friend."
Today Binger, Oklahoma is the capital of the Caddo Confederacy, as well as the home of the Caddo Heritage Museum and the Kiwat Hasinay Foundation.
< Randlett Edmonds, photo by Carol Swindell
What does KHF do?
We assist the Caddo people in language and oral traditions preservation by:
Currently the Kiwat Hasinay Foundation is not offering Caddo langauge classes, but the Higher Education Department of the Caddo Nation holds language classes every Wednesday evening at 6pm at the tribal headquarters in Binger, Oklahoma. For more information about their classes, click here.
What You Can Do
Please contact us for more information. E-mail at us: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kiwat Hasinay Foundation
Binger, OK 73009 USA