The Mid-America All-Indian Center has added some new exhibits to its museum and made it more interactive. They’ll unveil the transformation at a free open house this weekend.
The open house is from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, September 29, 2012.
New exhibits feature original Blackbear Bosin comics and expanded information about his life – Bosin was one of the Indian Center founders – basket work from American Indian tribes, pottery and arrowheads. One section of the Museum is now dedicated to American Indian artists, featuring photos, examples of their work and accompanying stories. For the children, there are new shadow boxes that hold arrowheads, buffalo and beaver furs and bones that youth are encouraged to touch. A one-of-a-kind child-size tipi, which was hand-painted by local Elder Dan Herman, a Cherokee Indian, and his granddaughter Ivy, sits in the front of the Museum area to serve as a quiet reading space for children.
There will also be two presentations:
11 a.m.: Ken Lockwood from the Eagle Valley Raptor Center. His presentation, “Peregrine Falcons: Nature’s Fighter Jets,” will focus visitors’ attention on the nature in the sky that American Indians have such a strong connection to. He will be bringing with him three Peregrine Falcons and a 20-minute film about the birds.
Noon- 3 p.m.: David Muskus will conduct an arrowhead demonstration to showcase different arrowheads and how they are made.
The Indian Center is located at 650 N. Seneca in Wichita.
For more information about the Open House, contact April Scott at 316-350-3340.
Source: press release