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‘Carry Our Prayers to Heaven’

Contact: Angela Cato, Arts & Cultural Services Division |
New Indian Center exhibit focuses on sacred feathers
The Mid-America All-Indian Center is celebrating the opening of its newest exhibit “Carry Our Prayers to Heaven” with special $1 Museum admission for all ages from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, March 22. The exhibit features bird feathers and feathered objects from the mid-1880s to 1900s that continue to be held sacred by indigenous cultures around the world. All pieces are part of the Indian Center’s permanent collection. The Indian Center is located at 650 N. Seneca.
The day’s activities include a free presentation at 1 p.m. by Ken Lockwood from the Eagle Valley Raptor Center. Live birds of prey will be included in the presentation. Inside the Museum, the public can enjoy: 
  • Display of bird feathers (eagle, hawk, turkey, goose, pheasant) along with headdresses and fans made with feathers. The Museum worked with Sedgwick County Zoo Curator of Birds Scott Newland to identify the origins of many of the well-preserved feathers in its collection. It was discovered that some were from exotic birds such as blue and gold macaws. To add an interactive component to the exhibit, visitors will be encouraged to learn more about the birds in their natural environment at such places as the Sedgwick County Zoo.
  • Feather Learning Station where visitors can view microscopic images of feathers, learn the science of feathers and flight and discover the importance of birds in nature. The station was created with assistance from the Sedgwick County Zoo and professors in the Ask a Biologist program, which was started by the Arizona State University School of Life Sciences.
  • Golden Eagle photographs taken by nature photographer Bob Gress.
  • Film interview with local Cherokee Elder Bob Marley that gives the history of the Eagle feather giveaway program he established more than 20 years ago to reward American Indian youth for their accomplishments.  
“Carry Our Prayers to Heaven” will be on display through the end of the year. The Indian Center Museum is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Regular admission is $7 for adults and $3 for youth ages 6-12. Children under 6 are admitted free of charge. For more information, go to or call 316-350-3340.    
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