Kaw Mission State Historic Site in Council Grove has scheduled its annual Kaw Councils series for the coming season.
The five part series, American Indians of Kansas, will be held on Sundays at 2 p.m. on March 23, April 6, April 27, May 4 and June 1 at the Kaw Mission Site.
The March 23 session will be Indian Peoples, Trade, and Ecological Change on the Great Plains, 1780 – 1870, presented by James Sherow, professor of history, Kansas State University. The program will explore trade networks that connected American Indians in Kansas to international markets and how these trade networks transformed native cultures.
On April 6, Excavations at Fool Chief's Village, presented by Tricia Waggoner, Highway Archeologist, Kansas Historical Society will be held. Fool Chief was a member of the Kaw Nation and his village was located in northwest Topeka 1830 – 1844. Waggoner will present the findings of the archeological excavation conducted at the site by the Historical Society in 2012.
The April 27 event will be Defeat of the Plains Indians in Kansas, presented by Leo E. Oliva, author and historian. The presentation examines the conflict of cultures between European Americans and Plains Indian tribes in Kansas and includes an overview of the Plains Indian Wars.
Products of the First Kansans, presented by Donald J. Blakeslee, archaeological anthropologist, Wichita State University, will be held on May 4. The daily life of prehistoric and early historic Plains Indians will be examined through archeological discoveries, with the main focus on how they worked and the products of their labor.
The final session on June 1 will be The Darkest Period: The Kanza Indians and Their Last Homeland, 1846 – 1873, presented by author Ron Parks. Parks will discuss a chapter of his new book about Kaw villages in Kansas. Topics include the clan system, dwellings, and life on the reservation near Council Grove. Following the presentation, Parks will sign copies of his book, which will be available for sale.
Admission is $3 adults, $1 students. Kansas Historical Foundation members and children five and younger admitted free. Kaw Mission is located at 500 N Mission Street, Council Grove. For more information, call 620-767-5410, or visit the Kaw Mission website.