Book signing, Memorial Walk expected to attract large crowds
All-Indian Center is hosting two community events that are free and open to the public. Starting at 10 a.m. native Kansan Margaret Williams Norton will speak and sign copies of her book, “Blackbear Bosin’s ‘Great Indian’ in Wichita.” Immediately following at noon, the 10th Annual Trail of Tears Memorial Walk will begin. The Indian Center is located at 650 N. Seneca.
For those attending the book signing and walk, fry bread Indian tacos will be sold for $6 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Drinks are available for an additional charge, and purchases are cash only.
Norton’s book is the first and only one dedicated to the life and art of Blackbear Bosin. Bosin was a founding member of the Indian Center and creator of Wichita’s iconic Keeper of the Plains statue. Norton currently lives in River Grove, Ill., and is an adjunct fine arts faculty member at Triton College. Copies of her book are on sale now in the Indian Center gift shop for $12.95. It is the only place locally to purchase her book.
The Trail of Tears Memorial Walk is a yearly tradition that includes a two-mile walk and American Indian-themed activities for children and adults. The walking route extends from the Wichita Indian United Methodist Church, 1111 N. Meridian, to the Indian Center. At noon, a shuttle will be available to take walkers from the Indian Center to their starting point at the church.
The walk is expected to be completed by 2 p.m. to make way for afternoon activities inside the Indian Center. From 2 to 3:30 p.m. there will be artist booths (baskets, beads, flint knapping and more), Hunter Health Clinic stations, storytelling and children’s hands-on activities and games.
The Trail of Tears Memorial Walk preserves the history and memories of the thousands of American Indians who died in 1831 during their forced relocation to Indian Territory. The path they took was named the Trail of Tears because so many succumbed to disease, starvation and exposure before reaching their destination.
For more information about the book signing or Trail of Tears Memorial Walk, contact the Mid-America All-Indian Center at (316) 350-3340 or go to www.TheIndianCenter.org.