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"Carry Our Prayers to Heaven"

March 22-Dec. 31, 2014

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 exhibit includes:

• 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 of them are from exotic birds such as blue and gold macaws. To add an interactive component to the exhibit, visitors will be encouraged to go 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.


"Tsate Kongia: Walking in Two Worlds, the Life of Blackbear Bosin"

Permanent Display

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Includes exhibits from the Indian Center archives, never-before-seen photographs and the "voice of Blackbear Bosin" from audio recordings made during the 1970s.


The exhibit was recently expanded to include a number of originals borrowed from private collections, including KWCH Channel 12 and Sedgwick County. 


 "From Native Hands: A Journey Through Childhood"

A collection of 1880-1960s American Indian-made toys from throughout North America.

The exhibit takes visitors back before action figures and video games to a time when toys were stitched by hand and created to tell cultural stories. The show will be open through Jan. 4, 2014. The Indian Center is located at 650 N. Seneca.

“All of the pieces on display are from the Indian Center’s collection. We’re excited for the public to see such a large range of toys from throughout the United States and Mexico,” said Museum Director Deborah Roseke. “The toys are full of symbolism and reflect the way American Indians worked, dressed and lived.”

The oldest toys in the exhibit are 1880s birch bark canoes; the most contemporary are 1960s handmade cloth dolls. There are examples of Alaskan dolls, cornhusk dolls, Eskimo yo-yos, hand drums, kayaks, handmade Christmas ornaments and nativities. The materials the toys are made from range from seal, wolf, deer and bison skin to pottery and fabric.


 "Native American Women Artists"

Exhibit featuring works by prominent American Indian women artists and their biographies.


Meet the Indian Center's Museum Director


Hello, my name is Deborah Roseke, and I have recently been given the privilege of joining the Indian Center team as the new Museum Director. Originally from Arizona, I worked at the Museum of Northern Arizona as part of the Special Events team for the Summer Indian Festivals and in the Collections Department as assistant to the Registrar for the Anthropology collections.  In addition to receiving a Bachelor's of Science in Arts Management from Northern Arizona University, I also have a great deal of retail experience.

I am happy to be working with all of the artists who fill our Gift Shop with beautiful items for sale. I am also excited to come aboard at a time when so many changes are happening at the Museum, such as the new educational hands-on area for children. Most important, I am grateful for this wonderful opportunity to work with the Indian community in Wichita.


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