The Mid-America All-Indian Center in Wichita, Kansas combines a museum, the Gallery of Nations for special events, and a gift shop. Native American community nights are held the 1st, 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month from 6-8:30PM. Other special events and powwows commemorate special occasions. The photos on this page were taken on Veteran's Day. I was unable to remain for the dance that was being held in the afternoon and evening, but did check out some of the vendors setting up booths around the edge of the dance area in the Gallery of Nations..
The museum at Mid-America All-Indian Center has a very nice, small gallery, plus displays on the grounds of the center. A walkway on the grounds leads to the Keeper of the Plains, a 44' statue placed at the confluence of the Arkansas and Little Arkansas Rivers. The museum also hosts special exhibits by Native American artists throughout the year.
The museum portion is small but has high quality. It might be a bit pricey at $7, but not if you include the value of the other parts of the Center. My favorite section of the museum displays Kachina dolls created by Pueblo Indians.
The Mid-America All-Indian Center was chartered on November 14, 1969. The Indian Center moved into this facility in 1976. More recently, the administration of the Center has been taken over by the City of Wichita.
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