November is Native American Heritage Month
Enjoy events around Missouri celebrating Native American Heritage Month:
- Were your ancestors Native American? Research your family tree at the National Archives, Central Plains Region, Kansas City. For hours and questions, call 816- 268-8000 or email.
- Join Kansas Citians at the American Indian collection at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. The offerings include pottery, basketry, quill and beadwork, and sculpture. Explore online for more information.
- Osage Indians were the first to discover a cavern they referred to as The Devil’s Den. Now called Marvel Cave, it contains the largest subterranean entry room in the United States and is the start to the cave’s hour-long tours that depart every half-hour from Silver Dollar City, Branson. For details, call 800-831-4386.
- Imagine 18th century life at Osage Village State Historic Site in what is now a peaceful hilltop spot that once was the home of up to 3,000 Native peoples and about 200 lodges. Print a site map and suggested walking tour to enhance your time at this state park located in Walker. Check out the site for directions or further information.
- Enjoy Culture Night at the Kansas City Indian Center on November 1 from 6 – 9 p.m. Held monthly on the first Wednesday, this free event includes a potluck, special guests, and children’s activities. Visit online for upcoming events and activities.
- Arrow Rock State Historic Site Visitor Center highlights the Osage and Missouri tribe presence in the area. Other nearby activities include camping and dinner at J. Huston Tavern, the oldest continuously operating restaurant west of the Mississippi River. For more information or directions, visit the site.
- Learn about the Seven Tribes of Missouri through the Peace Studies Program offered by the University of Missouri, Columbia. Discover more online.
- Don’t miss the 3rd Annual Trading Moon Pow Wow on November 4 from noon to 10 p.m. in the University of Central Missouri Student Recreation Center, Warrensburg. The intertribal gathering is open to the public and will feature traditional music and dance, arts, crafts and food. Explore the site for further detail and an event schedule.
- Explore Towosahgy State Historic Site in East Prairie, where visitors can view earthen mounds built by Mississippian peoples living in Missouri. Visit online for additional detail.
- Visit the only Illinois Indian Village site discovered in Missouri at Iliniwek Village State Historic Site. Visitors can pack a picnic and hike the short walking trial complete with an excavated Indian longhouse. Check out the site for directions to Wayland or further detail.
- Delve into the American Indian Movement: Civil Rights in Native Communities on November 30 at 7 p.m. presented by Krystian Sisson at the Missouri History Museum, St. Louis. Find additional events and detail online.
- Discover the Trail of Tears State Park, where thousands of Cherokee peoples crossed the Mississippi River in a forced migration from their native lands to the then newly created Indian Territory, now Oklahoma. For more information or directions to Jackson, visit the site.
- The State Historical Society of Missouri houses resources for those interested in Native American history. Collections may be accessed at the SHSMO Research Centers in Cape Girardeau, Columbia, Kansas City, Rolla, Springfield, and St. Louis.
- Pay tribute to the rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans specific to Missouri, including the Chickasaw, Missouri, Osage, Otoe, and Quapaw communities.
- Missouri is a Siouan Indian word defined as town of the large canoes, wooden canoe people, or he of the big canoe. Set afloat in your own canoe on one of Missouri’s many scenic waterways throughout the state.