ISSUES 2017 10/29/17

Steve McIntosh
Thursday, October 26th

Museum Director Sarah Adams discusses exhibits and activities at the Mid-America All-Indian Center in Wichita


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This is as he's Tony 79 Steve Macintosh and our guest is Sarah Adams. Museum director mid America all Indians center welcomed a few choice seventy scrap coming good to have you back again it's been a few months as we talked. What is it to for those of us those of us out there who don't know what is the location. For the mid America all the Indians center how can they find you. We are at 615 or senate. And if you can't find it that way where at a confluence of the big. When did the center open we or incorporated in 1969 the building was opened until I. Think it was 75 or 76. But that organization had been around for quite awhile before. What do we do need to have a physical place they have placed on central I don't know too much about that it is kind of an informal place until they got the new one belts she's in it was a little before your time and I'll let up. You know it can you know any of the leaders who reviewed the people who in creating this center while black herb Allison was one of my career. Who yeah very well known to many of us who at and he was the one you're really. Press for there to be museum there so. I'm very thankful to him today because that's why I have a job to another in a this social services side and punter health obviously it's named her that family. And that black bear for those of you don't know if you look at the keeper of the plays and gigantic statue there he's a guy as the man who who sculpted at. And he was an artist more important and I think he was known more for painting let me. He was yes you know people see the keeper and they think oh he must have been a sculptor and actually he he designed the keeper and then yet another ego building because he didn't. He didn't work but that sort immaterial he and by and large as a painter and he also did a lot of drawings and things like that but yet to. He would actually lived in my neighborhood and he gets to know my son. Oh go on and scholars little and that he has the know black mayor so yeah that was back in the early step in these. How media how many visitors do you see it in a year at the center. I you know I don't know I hit exact number of the top of my head okay you know we get a lot of people we get people from you know not just. Any town that we get people from all over the country and we get people from out of the country till I get a lot of foreign visitors as well that are very interested in American Indians. So that's really cool. And in what they say after they didn't come to the center and in looking over. You know a lot of people are very surprised at what they find they're coming expecting to see things from the nineteenth century and before and that's not what they find and a lot of people. Are very surprised that we have a very active American Indian community in which taught today and me. They feel like I learned a lot because it's not something they would have heard in school maybe or something like that. It's a little different in him if you talk about a museum didn't you walk in here and here's a display here and here's an exhibit there and and you walk through and all that. This is a lot more going on them. Yes yes so we have armies in part you know with all the exhibits that we we have a lot of programs throughout the years while. Do best schools rations to the center for field trips. Oh yeah especially this month in October a lot of the fifth graders are learning about American Indians in school so we have been. Loaded with towards it has been a lot of fun and a lot of work cut that. What are you talk about people coming from from different places you and other other countries would like. Can you mean example what are the country using them well this week we've had people and from England and Australia but I had people from Germany Saudi Arabia. It's been all over the world so they can India do they say well we wanted to know about the about the American Lance. And salary cap tenancy. Yeah for sure they look at Santana but they come and they they think they have their perception of what they think American Indians are like you and then. They did different perspective which I think a lot of the value a lot. And also how about to busters should do people like that killing me yeah you know we have got a confusing little parking lot and our main parking lot but we have. Across the street where parking too. I'm so people do I mean the school tours bring buses and then occasionally we get elders groups coming and you know that are traveling across country to help. Okay let's talk about local native American history. OK Chad Dawson and in the Indian name is enough. We look you have to limit do it and soul we've had you know American Indians through this area firm. For as long as their big people around. Now you know is a plains Indians came through here we still have four reservations here today. Off the top of my head at that that I can name all of them but they are mostly up in the northeast part of the state. And then it which taught. The humidity we have here is not necessarily people that. Would of been here historically. But. A lot of our American Indian community stemmed from people who originally went to the government boarding schools in the mid twentieth century. And they started learning trades there and a lot of people are trades that were applicable to look. The airline. Industrie aircraft industry you'd sell a lot of them came up. During the mid twentieth century to come work at different aircraft places like Boeing incest and all those are from places. And that's how our community here was formed today and that and that equals more than seventy different tribes here today said that the different drive me out. Just widgets is your dominant key drive. Mostly plains Indians could get a lot of people from Oklahoma so we get a lot of southern plains Indians appear like we have a lot of pilot people laws have a lot of Cherokee people as well we have. Northern plains we have a lot of sue people like the clintons do a lot of us do I'm coming down as well. I would think didn't most people's and casual understanding of the American west and the movement. From the east to the West Coast of the the quote pioneers. Most fuel you have the all they know about it is they via the via Custer. Battle in this cells that are in Montana. Yeah I and then they didn't know nothing more about them. Yeah you know they have a lot of people have a cursory knowledge of of that period of time with American Indians but. We get a lot of people coming and they wanna hear more about that struggle between. You know European settlers and American Indians and stress we don't always like to talk about it because it's a release were part of history. You know he's still is after all the money after he had totally as. That I'm I'm not an American Indian but I have read a lot about it and studied it and I'll tell you what it it was a complicated thing I don't think the United States of America in this fledgling country. Had any clue how to deal with the people who were already here and they just they just kind of model their way through the. And they they didn't do and it hit the right way if they're half and I yet they're even you know I mentioned the boarding schools to I mean that's that's up to. There are still boarding schools I think there's still feel good today for the most part they died out by that the 2000. But I mean those are so going on and one of the guys who founded the boarding schools. He founded that Carlyle boarding school where jumped or actually went and I zones on the movie was on TV. Pizza yeah. Carlyle is does he actually sad. Kill the Indian and save the man I'm so even at that point in time they were wanting to get rid of cultural heritage but not necessarily you know getting rid of American Indians altogether but still their cultural heritage so. We're still trying to fix those mistakes today many of the treasurer quite a romantic. And they relied on the buffalo and they moved constantly. I been the government comes in it's all can't do that anymore. And you're gonna have to go a certain place to live in a certain place. You know it's it's kind of funny you mention that because we have an exhibit up bring now called in traditions. And you wouldn't think that may be food has a lot to do anything about it really does. When people are being put onto reservations and they're not able to being nomadic anymore I mean they used to follow the buffalo everywhere. You you couldn't really do those sorts of things so they couldn't. They could get the normal food sources so government starting him in them rations you know and they get things like large and flower. And today's some of our. Fidget with bigger traditional American Indian foods come out of that like fragrant everybody loves for brand everybody loves Indian tacos. And those stem from government rationing they're not traditional ads. Pull wanna do traditional foods you know if you're below average about what bread and things like that you know we didn't we didn't have we care so. You're making breads out of corn and and sometimes even nuts and things like that but it and so. Everett is considered what I would call new traditional food now. I didn't get a little target little bit more about Flickr wasn't in the keeping the planes can you tell me a little bit more about him. So you born in 1921. Near cement Oklahoma. And cement yet but I don't know that's less the price of just little town in Oklahoma a again. And she years actually born in ATP which was meant to say that they would then TP but it was traditions still at that time for the first born to be born and TB so he was born in a TV. I'm speaker up creditor or days they had. Dirt floors in their house you know and he he went to a Roman Catholic boarding school. And that's where he released thirty Digg and art he even when he was a teenage toward peddle our door to door to door and try to make a little bit of money casino. They live on reservations they don't have any money. And he moved to Wichita. Trying to remembering your that was that he he looked in which top for most of his life. He was a draftsman here. And he had that does dexterity that Arty he he did you draw and I think that probably helped a lot he learned drafting when he was out boarding school and then you know that's why he Kindle. We're back here but I'm. Key that's where he learned a lot of his precision that he had in his art. And I think had a lot to do with his skill level is lost on DT Alon is hard and there is colors he did he's a very. Purposeful with everything and has our and every line every color is very purposeful. And it's something that I love about essar. Do you at the center do you celebrate. Indian craft work bead work things like that yet totally we have in a couple different ways we like to showcase that of course we show a lot of it. And our museum. Just recently disclosed an exhibit about Cherokee baskets from two local women one his passed away Margaret turn and then one. There's still an active artists are community Maryland and spotter. And she actually is one of the people on roster consigned to my gift shop I have. Around fifty artists that I have in my gift shops so people can kind of get all sorts of different types of American ending craft and art. We also are offer classes. Throughout the year we have also to class is a lot coming up making ornaments Alec dream catcher or an amends and beaded ornament clay. There's all sorts of different things if you're interested in learning how to do any of these American Indian crafts like there's a lot of opportunity. You have to give job then yeah we do people who advise some really unique is things and yeah you know I tell everybody who comes and not everybody is maybe card carrying American Indian but every artist that I had as local and everything is handmade. So any door you pick up you couldn't be guaranteed that we're not shipping it in from China are keeping them that you. Good at what the hours at the museum where open Tuesdays through Saturdays 10 AM to 4 am. Two sisters Tuesdays through Saturdays ten to four. Donna let's talk about a little bit about some very current and in recent exhibits. And mentioned water doing good king until some more. Yes and what I mentioned was featured missions I finish what should talk about it a lot it's one of my favorite exhibits I've done. I've always been very interested in how food and culture and her act. But this one is particularly fun because we've done a lot of hands on things with his exit that you couldn't. Try out a kneeling Stoner mono in the top aide to grind corn we don't actually have the corn out there but you can see what that process was like. On and we have what I call my smile vision interactive. Where you can smell different sense and see if you can guess what could it was and they're all foods that were traditionally. Domesticated in America so they force of the food that we today. Every generally sort of growing in America. Which is amazing and of course one of those biggest ones is corn we corn in everything today. But it's a really interesting exhibit a kind of examines those things and examines the regional. On differences and how American Indians ate food because you know a lot of people think of American Indians in being just corn beans squash. Which is true now also the coastal people that need that because of people in a lot of fish you know and people don't think of that as being traditional but it's pretty cool and some of our other exhibits of course we ever bought for us and exhibit we have that up all the time it's our only permanent exhibit because we think it's that important to leave out. And I have an exit on pottery right now it's bubbled pottery. And another exhibit called Indians in the arts it's focusing on modern art and American Indians creating that not just. Paintings or sculpture but also in feeder music. Are all different aspects of our. You're listing to issues Tony seventeen on the Entercom radio stations that I guess to Sarah Adams museum director. Mid America all Indian censor a warning get your funny who pays the bills on this. We are not profits so we have to earn our money on the staff luckily as we are city employees so. We we get that taking care of but outside of that we try to get grants as much as we can and we sometimes are lucky where we can get some funding from transferred. For different events that we have throughout the year. But for the most part we have to make it through gift shop sales music and and mission and special event rentals so we have a lot of people around for weddings and things like point we didn't even think about them and do you do some of that stuff we Alli do Latin people can rent the space. Basically needed the week except we don't do Wednesdays because we have community night every Wednesday where people can just common practice strumming her dancing. Otherwise and that we have a lot of weddings we've even had luncheons common rent the space Islam. The gallery nations is huge so it's really good for larger plantings do you do you see individual donations. We don't and we we're throwing it is that we always accepting donations I have a lot of generous people. Into who given our little donation box we have in the shop but of course rallies accepting any sort of diminish and. Well a lot of talk about several events in the weeks ahead and him much but as you begin with the culture. Dash. To the till about the culture desk. This court here we dug a culture dash it's really fun it's used to just be at a five K. But this year we've expanded it to be a fight cage and hand one mile walk. So there's a lot of different options for people if you don't. Wanna run you can just do that I thought yeah and everybody gets. You know they sign up I think that time is actually passed that we got us couple lecture search shirts. That you get pressure with the image of our cash on hand which is basically the keeper. With kind of skeletal look to it with lightning. About up about them you kind of a day of the deadlock which. People wonder that's that's a Mexican thing actually it's also an American Indian thing and southwest American Indians tribes also celebrate the day that. So it's something that we kind of are bringing. Different cultures together in a healthy way. To do this right. And how much share our food to me about sheriff sheriff did is one of my favorite because that as a wee birdies are about a love food. So that's my favorite of us. But share it as a really great it's it's a really kind of exclusive event it's not very big we don't sell that huge amount of tickets. But I you can come in and stamp all sorts of traditional American Indian foods we have all sorts of things like different bean soups and school gosh and we have a bison meat now that we do every year as well and of course we always have that and fragrant because that's ridiculous fragrant. But it's a whole bunch of different is like that we usually have a presentation as well. I think Jack Oliver is actually gonna be game one of our country and employs had. Is November 16 yes and yes and that's a Thursday. In the IE I think this we've done this one for awhile as well and it's always been really find it really successful. You know we're gonna get a mention some things to do is see there at did at the mid America all Indian Saturn might be a good time right now offers to put out a phone number. If people would like to call by you know ring you up by phoning me and tell us where the web pages soon. Yeah of course it's. 3503340. What you don't call it very often that I got to try I think I'm like oh man. I do my on number allowed that's the main line 3503340. And we have our website is vis Indian sinner dot org. Okay. What is the native Christmas exhibit and not yet a member event that is well letters that it. It's something we combined with the whole bunch of different things. It's happening on December 2 I believe and that I'm opening this exhibit we open every year with. Different. The activity seen nativity sets that are American Indian we have a decorations that we put on a Christmas tree. In our museum and then we decided to combine it we have a couple of classes that day I clay ornament class and I think the dream catcher ornament classes that day as well. One of the tournament causes is that there are no we have two classes that day. And then we also have the knot and not yet a member event kind of give people a chance to see what their benefits would be if they became a member at a certain level of membership. You can't get 10% off for the gift shop so that day everybody's gonna get 10% off in the discount and and it gets shot. We're gonna have samples and there are some of foods that we have we worked with. But during a witches that chick is on nation chocolate company plans to grab samples there for people to triumph later coffee they have chocolate coffee which is delicious I've had it. And people can come any kind of experience that won't have all sorts of discounts and and. You have. An annual. Viewing of Indians and aviation Tim event. Yet every year we did and we started doing it I believe last year as a first year we did it. Surrounding Pearl Harbor day basically. And people can come in and watch that movie for free that day veterans and military get in to the museum for free as well. I'm so they can experience a museum but it shouldn't it be that we produced. At the Indians internet's about how our community came to be here basically and a lot of that. Revolves around what part two is around that time. That people or. Really heavily and being you know making aircraft. So it it's a really special movie for our community and we want a chance to be able to show that every. New details Matsui gets an upcoming classes daisy chain bracelet. Yeah when you play at this is really fun beating class are some people would maybe say frustrating that I want to get candidates fun. And you just it looks like. These and it's a chain bracelet Regis keep beating it change you can beat it it can be a bracelet but if you get really gang economic necklaces out of it. Our education director actually teaching that class she's very crafty so she's she's grant an impact about beaded Christmas ornament. So that one is another beating costs up higher education director Adam as you can tell she's really good at beating. And that one is basically you you need a design over. A ball Christmas ornament OK and you have a plate Christmas dormant as well yes that's the why and Sheila Bissell is teaching that one and she I don't put too much about the class actually none bigger about it. How about dream catcher that dream tournament class and I is it's a miniature dream catcher I think it's may be just a one entertainment's. Diameter dream catcher they're very pretty and I've seen them and they can be all sorts of fairy looking colors. Like I presume there and to many native American means celebrations through here. Cardiac we have all we have a group that does a couple of how lousy year the warriors society and we had. All sorts of different. Instead celebrate different times of the year. So and read again just one more time you do have the facilities there. Where you can host other kinds of meetings. Reunions. And acting as anything like that. Yes and I we've had a lot of different things we've had businesses come and have like their Christmas dinner at our building. So it a lot of people have used it for different things but it's it works out which is a very versatile tile space you need volunteers. While it's tough but we don't want those people I talked to a news shows in the public we low bullet to look coming up now that's winter we don't need as many gardening volunteers and I and that I be something to think of for the spring as we will need a lot of volunteers for gardening once spring happens. But in the winter. Source kind of died down by analysts looking for toward death sentence harder to find than people might believe but if people love. Learning and teaching people about American Indians boat. In the museum atmosphere but also we have our outdoor learning sinner. And we have other areas of museum to we've been doing craft with the kids so all sorts of different aspects if anybody's interest in working with kids or even other groups. That's a great opportunity for which in the future for those that are. A lot. Hello we are rare always doing new events. And things like that we have a new event coming up and the spring called. Miles I exactly knew we did at this year's while Barbeque Brad emperors it's something that we added as fundraisers it's good how this could happen. And it's something that we added as a fund raiser or trying to get more funds in doing fundraisers and we're always trying to reach out to other groups as well for example this year we are able packet and a traveling exhibit from the National Museum of the American Indian one of the Smithsonian museums good. So reaching out a lot of places like that trying to work with and has been really nice and we're hoping to do a lot more than featuring expand what we can offer big time did you get this yeah. IA it was a very lucky I have a degree museum studies of yeah I try and figure attribute don't think I got third. 2013. And we're getting that degree. University of Kansas well heck that I am a day hacked through there to sorry. Was shocked fans that's yeah. But then I got a job out and in New Mexico. And really established that I liked working with American Indian things out there this job opened up was perfect opportunity and it's a great staff it's a we were only three full time one part time staff but it's a great stuff to work but I feel so lucky. Down to Mexico there are a lot of a lot of great Indian history and heritage. It's how sells a lot of things you'll there. Well this rant thank you for us thanks in time where this again if you. Would like more information go to the website which is the Indians sent our dollar and you can find out more about what our treasures here in Wichita on the mid America all Indians center and again. Thank you for your time shares sensed that a little time this until owns more about what to do it the museum I guess Sarah Adams museum director mid America all Indians center. And that's all for this edition of issues Tony seventeen we'll be back next week thank you for listening. I'm Steve Macintosh.