Last Fluent Wichita Speaker Passes On


Posted By Toyacoyah Brown September 12th, 2016 Blog


Prayers go out to the Wichita Nation this week. Their last remaining Wichita speaker, Doris Jean Lamar-McLemore, passed away on August 30, 2016.


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Her nephew, Walter Lamar, posted a beautiful dedication to his Aunt on his Facebook page.

In an article from KSWO news, they state that “Doris and Dr. David Rood from the University of Colorado began preserving the Wichita language in the mid-1960s.”


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It was a project Doris was passionate about that spanned more than forty years. The video interviews were provided by Travis Heying and Walter Lamar. Heying interviewed Doris seven years ago and Walter Lamar shared his interview for the first time nearly two years ago.

Here is the short documentary video entitled Last Voice. Please enjoy below.

Last Voice from Travis Heying on Vimeo.

About Toyacoyah Brown

Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

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