From 2-8 p.m. on Saturday, June 24, the Mid-America All-Indian Museum (MAAIM) will host the Keepers of the Culture Powwow, a celebration of Native American families.
Powwow contests include the Potato Dance, War Whoop, Lulu and Switch Dance, and the Stumblingbear Regalia Cupboard will be lending shawls and ribbon shirts to youth who wish to participate. Little ones may experience hands-on fun in the Keeper Kids Zone with partners Riverside Garden and Grassland Groupies. From 2-5 p.m., the Kansas Wildlife Exhibit will visit with special guests: turtles!
The Native American Elders Council will sell concessions throughout the powwow and, from 4-6 p.m., the Wichita chapter of MMIW will also be selling Indian tacos.
Admission is free for the powwow. Visitors are also welcome to explore the galleries free of charge during the event, which will be the last opportunity to view the current exhibits, “Voices and Votes: Democracy in America,” “The American Indian Vote,” and "Celebrating the Centennial of the 19th Amendment: Women Vote."
From 1-2 p.m., attendees will be able to meet the artists featured in "Following Blackbear," the inaugural annual invitational exhibit for Native artists. Brandon Buffalohead, Josh Johnico, Michelle Sutton and the three founding artists of the Warclan Collective will be present to discuss their work. “Following Blackbear” will be on view at MAAIM through July 29.
Visitors are asked to park at Exploration Place and walk across the Keeper Plaza to MAAIM, as the small parking lot in front of the museum is reserved for elders and those who are handicapped.