Current Exhibits

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

Exhibit Dates: permanent exhibit

The exhibit gives an in-depth look into the personal and professional life of Bosin, one of the founders of the Indian Center and the man behind Wichita's iconic Keeper of the Plains sculpture. Tsate Kongia was Bosin's Kiowa name. It means "Blackbear" and belonged to his great-grandfather, a Kiowa chief. The exhibit includes paintings, photographs, vintage film footage, live audio tapes made by Bosin and interviews with people who were close to him. Bosin was an internationally recognized Comanche-Kiowa sculptor and acrylic/watercolor painter from Oklahoma who adopted Wichita as his home in 1940. Primarily a self-taught artist, Bosin helped enhance a better understanding of his culture by presenting scenes and tales of his beloved Indian heritage beautifully to the world. National Geographic gave Bosin his first national recognition in March 1955 with the publication of his painting "Prairie Fire".​​​​

  • A Posteriori

    ​An exhibit of works by Kiowa-Creek artist, Micah Wesley. On exhibit until October 2019.

    Wesley received his Master of Fine Arts in painting from The Weitzenhoffer School of Visual Arts at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma and his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Wesley is an impressionist/Modernist Native American painter with a focus on identity and references of experience. He is currently residing in Norman, Oklahoma, where he paints and instructs various courses of art history for the University of Central Oklahoma.

  • Objects of Cultural (Mis)appropriation

    ​A gentle reminder that a culture is not a costume. Open to the public Saturday, April 13 at 10am.

  • Current

    A display of newly acquired objects from the collection. Open to the public Saturday, Feb 23.​

  • Home

    ​Opening date: November 17, 2018

    An exhibit on Indigenous housing and objects from our collection that remind us of home.

  • Walk a Mile in Our Moccasins

    Opening date: October 4, 2018

    An exhibit in accordance with Rock Your Mocs - a worldwide Native American & Indigenous Peoples movement held annually, and the remembrance of Trail of Tears, "Walk a Mile in Our Moccasins" is a retrospective show of MAAIC's outstanding moccasin collection.​

  • Adorned in Silver

    The original Native American silver smith, a Navajo, learned to work silver and iron, from Mexicans hired by a Trading Post owner in the late 19th Century. Modern jewelers still use many of these early methods. The adaptability of tribes, like the Navajos, who quickly learned from the Mexicans the art of the silver smith, brought the Native Americans to become the most productive, skilled turquoise artisans of the jewelry world. Their products serve as symbolic messengers of the Native American ideals and ways.

  • Food Traditions

    Our relationship to the earth through food culture surrounds many parts of our lives. Many American Indian traditions and rituals center on the gifts received from Mother Earth and the fruits of the land. This exhibit examines that relationship.

  • Indians in the Arts

    Many people are aware of traditional American Indian arts. What might be less commonly known, however, is that these art forms are expanding and adapting as our cultures expand and adapt. American Indians create art that honors their heritage and traditions, but combine that with their lived experiences as modern indigenous people. The art found in this exhibit takes a tiny fragment of some of the recent work being created by individuals and groups that can acquaint the public with the contemporary cultural traditions of talented and dedicated artists.