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Current Exhibits
 
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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".​​​​

  • Away From Home ***COMING SOON!***

    ​The Mid-America All-Indian Center Museum with a grant from the National Endowment of the Humanities is honored to bring to Wichita, KS, Away From Home, a long standing exhibit from the Heard Museum, Phoenix, AZ. The show examines an important and often unknown period of American history. Beginning in the 1870s the U.S. government aimed to assimilate American Indians into "civilized" society by placing them in government-operated boarding schools. Children were taken from families and transported to far-away schools where all signs of "Indian-ness" were stripped away. Students were trained for servitude and many went for years without familial contact - events that still have an impact on Native communities today, often with a complex and nuanced response.

    Please join us for a closer look into the experience of the American Indian people and boarding schools.

    The exhibit will remain on display from September 1 to October 17, 2020.


  • The American Indian Vote

    Native peoples won citizenship in 1924, but the struggle for voting rights stretched on much longer and remains an issue today. Please join us at the Indian Museum in collaboration with the Wichita-Metro chapter of League of Women Voters for a Multi-Cultural Event open to the public and viewing of the exhibit!​

  • Josh Johnico + Family

    Josh Johnico is a relentless local artist with an extreme passion for painting. He has instilled that passion within his children too! Come check out what this brilliant family has to offer the art world!​

  • People of the Ice and Snow

    In collaboration with the Wichita Art Museum and one of America's premiere glass artists, Preston Singletary's exhibit, Raven and the Box of Daylight, the Mid-America All-Indian Museum sheds light on their extensive Alaskan art collection donated by the late Mildred Manty. Join us in celebrating the exquisitely rich and vibrant culture of Native Alaska!

  • Life in Miniature

    ​A display of dolls in Mid-America All-Indian Center Museum's collection.

  • Objects of Cultural (Mis)appropriation

    ​A gentle reminder that a culture is not a costume.


  • Walk a Mile in Our Moccasins

    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.


  • Indians in Aviation

    Join us for the Indians in Aviation exhibit to learn the story that brought you the Mid-America All-Indian museum! This is the story of the museum’s humble beginnings and the peoples that have rallied behind it through the years.