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Old Cowtown Hosts First Neshotah Knap-In This Weekend

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​From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Friday, July 8, and Saturday, July 9, residents are invited to Old Cowtown Museum at 1865 W. Museum Blvd. for the first annual Neshotah Knap-In. Knapping is the practice of shaping or fracturing stone through lithic reduction to create stone tools or other items, such as arrowheads or knives. This inaugural event will combine a great knap-in experience with local native culture. Native songs, drums and dancers will be featured at the knap-in.

The term Neshotah means, “the joining of two rivers” and professional knappers from all over the state of Kansas will gather to showcase their talent for transforming pieces of stone into functional works of art. The Neshotah Knap-In is a great opportunity for Cowtown visitors to see firsthand how Kansas was tamed centuries ago by those that came before us. The event will feature native art and activities for all ages.

Visitors will be able to cast their vote in the Best Knife/Point Competition until 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Regular museum admission is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors, $7 for youth, $6 children aged 5-11, and children four and under get in free. Cowtown members receive free admission. Admission to Old Cowtown is free on Sundays, thanks to a generous donation from Colby Sandlian.

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