St. Louis, Missouri
August 20, 2003
It represents for me what I hope each U.S. citizen can someday believe, regardless of what cultures they descend from. It goes like this, "I am proud to be a citizen of the United States of America, I am proud to belong to my sovereign tribal nations, and I am proud to be a Native American." We all have cultures we are a part of as well as being a part of the United States. We don't all have sovereign tribal nations to belong to, but the idea is to honor our cultural heritage, whatever it is and however varied it is, and to honor our citizenship as well. We can also work at honoring other people's heritage and treasure it for the strength in diversity it brings to our country.
In addition to the Gallery of the Nations, there are several other exhibits. First is the Indian Center Museum where the heritage of Native Americans is showcased. There are examples of bead work, dwellings, clothing and a large teepee which dominates the back of the museum. There is also a "Walk of Fame" representing Indian artists and musicians. Outside on the grounds is an 1800's style Native American Indian Village, which is sure to interest family members of all ages! They also have a very nice gift shop.
The Center holds several special events. In the spring, there is the Wichita Indian Art Market and Exhibition. In May, the River Festival Rendezvous and the last full weekend in July is the Mid-America All-Indian Center Annual Intertribal Powwow. If you'd like information about these and other Indian Center events call 316-262-5221.
The Center is located at the confluence of the Little and Big Arkansas rivers in the heart of Wichita's "Museums on the River" district. From downtown, take U.S. Hwy 54 (Kellogg St.) to Seneca St. N. It's minutes away, and well worth your time!
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