Apache, Kiowa of United States


People Group Info

Total Population: 12,000

ROP3 Code: 105027
IMB Affinity Group: American Peoples
Affinity Bloc: North American Peoples
People Cluster: North American Indigenous
Language: Kiowa Apache - (apk)
Religion: Ethnic Religions
Country of Origin: United States

Status of Christianity


No Longer Unreached

GSEC Level: 4

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Majority Located Where

  Fort Cobb, OK - 12,000

Many reside near the towns of Anadarko, Fort Cobb, and Carnegie, in Caddo and Kiowa counties, Oklahoma. Kiowas also reside in urban and suburban communities throughout the United States.

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Brief Profile

The Apache, Kiowa people, also known as the Plains Apache, are among five Apache people groups in the United States. Their name, Kiowa, means "Principal People". They reside in southwest Oklahoma, along with the Comanche people. The Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma is headquartered in Carnegie, Oklahoma.

Kiowa live near the towns of Anadarko, Fort Cobb, and Carnegie in Caddo and Kiowa counties of Oklahoma. Kiowas also reside in urban and suburban communities throughout the United States.

Their cultural identity and pride is apparent in their expressive culture and strong influence on the southern plains art and the Gourd Dance. Traditionally, they revered the Sun, constellations, and natural forces. As such, one of their more importance ceremonies was the Sun Dance where individuals sought power and personal visionary experiences. These visionary experiences often were displayed through natural forces and animal spirits.

Today two major religious forms are practiced by the Kiowa-Apache. One of these is evangelical Christianity, the other a nativistic movement known generally as the Native American Church. In terms of denominational evangelical Christian presence, Kiowa are Methodists, Baptist, and other denominations. When the Sun Dance and other hunting and war ceremonies were prohibited, the Native American Church increased in importance.

As a result, traditional practices continue and have experienced revival. Their beliefs and iconography are now a blend of Kiowa tradition and Christian influences. Peyotism also now follows the ceremonialism of the Native American Church. As in earlier days, tribal ceremonies are held during the summer, now centered on July 4.

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Prayer Points

  • Pray for Kiowa to experience a personal relationship with the living God as revealed through Jesus Christ.
  • Pray for younger generations of Kiowa to resist secularism taking the place of a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
  • Pray for evangelical Christians to minister to the felt and spiritual needs of the Kiowa.

Resources

Global Recordings Network
Native Americans - Worldview and Trends
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StatusCountry City Metro Area Name State / Prov. Baseline Population
United StatesFort Cobb OK12,000