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Stories and Tips Topeka

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The Gourd Dance

Written by Casual Tourist on 08 Sep, 2000

Once the ceremonial drum was set up in the center of the sacred circle, the program began with a number of gourd dances. According to the official program, only gourd dancers can dance during the gourd dance. The dancing itself is very simple, with the…Read More

Visit to Harrah's Prairie Band Casino

Written by Casual Tourist on 08 Sep, 2000

Our trip to the casino was not originally on our agenda, but became a fun part of our day because of the extreme heat. Our desination in Topeka was Shawnee Lake where a Native American Pow Wow was being held. We arrived in…Read More

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Colorful Costumes

Written by Casual Tourist on 10 Sep, 2000

There were numerous colorful costumes in evidence and the number grew as the evening wore on. The men as well as the women donned their regalia and joined the dancing. A local television news reporter and photographer from channel 49 were there to document…Read More

Topeka Airport - Forbes Field

Written by Gregg on 17 Apr, 2001

If you're headed for Topeka, Kansas, I can't say enough about avoiding Forbes Field, the commercial airport for Topeka. You don't have to worry about a crowded airport or lines at the ticket counter. US Airways Express is the only commercial air carrier that services Forbes…Read More

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Grand Entrance Ceremony

Written by Casual Tourist on 12 Sep, 2000

When the Gourd Dancing was brought to a close, a short break was given to prepare for the Grand Entrance Ceremony. We watched as participants scurried around gathering flags and putting the finishing touches on their costumes. The Grand Entrance Ceremony was indeed grand.…Read More

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Meeting Charles Chibitty

Written by Casual Tourist on 12 Sep, 2000

My husband and I were both fascinated by one older gentleman and looked him up at his tent during a break in the festivities. This man was Charles Chibitty, the Head Gourd Dancer. He was full of conversation, and quite happy to visit…Read More

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More Gourd Dancing & Gourd Society Ceremony

Written by Casual Tourist on 09 Sep, 2000

The gourd dancing lasted about an hour and included some ceremonial proceedings. Some of the events were a little difficult to follow as this was the first Pow Wow I've attended, but I believe that one of the ceremonies was to welcome a new…Read More

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