Archive for Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Basehor Library offers special exhibit

October 22, 2008

The Native American Folk Arts traveling exhibit opened Monday at the Basehor Community Library. The exhibit looks at traditions practiced by Native Americans in Kansas.

Kansas is home to four Indian reservations — the Iowa, Kickapoo, Potawatomi and Sac and Fox. Native Americans of various tribal affiliations also reside in the cities and towns of the state. At one time each Indian nation had its own language, religion, beliefs and customs. Styles of clothing, body adornments, pottery and baskets were specific to each nation.

However, cultural traditions changed over time. Indian nations traded with other Indian nations. Native American artists came in contact with Europeans. Technology and new environments also brought changes. Through all these changes, Native American culture has maintained the essence of tradition in folk arts practiced today.

Native American Folk Arts takes a look at the traditions of beadwork, quillwork, drum making, flute making and basket making.

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