Welcome to the Kaw Nation

Kanza Museum

Kanza Museum

Welcome to the Kanza Museum

Kanza (Kaw, Kansa) Indians have a long rich history. Each day we uncover more history of our heritage and where we came from. We invite you, your family and friends to view this site.

Kanza MuseumMission statement

The Kanza Museum and Education Resource Center is to serve the tribal membership by providing it access to the cultural heritage of the tribe through: educating the tribal membership and general public regarding the tribal history; collecting and preserving culturally relevant materials; showcasing traditional and contemporary tribal arts and artifacts; promoting cultural activities and workshops; and serving as a resource center for all. The presentation of Kanza cultural heritage will encompass the broad spectrum of the tribe’s proud existence from the beginning of Kanza recorded history, through the present time and into the future.

Leadership Blackwell class visits Kanza Museum

Kanza Museum

The 2013-14 Leadership Blackwell class visited the Kanza Museum Wednesday at the start of its tour of Kaw Nation’s facilities and enterprises. Kanza Museum Director Crystal Douglas gave the class a history of the tribe. Some of the class members asked her questions about tribal history and her work in historic preservation. Leadership Blackwell is a yearly class that gives young professionals and community leaders a chance to sharpen leadership skills and learn about important resources and organizations in Kay County.

Clan Exhibit

Clan Exhibit

Visitors can see at the back of the Kanza Museum representations that trace the histories of tribal members. The most recent Kanza Museum exhibit, which went on display in January, relates to the tribe’s clans.

All 16 Kanza clans are described in a poster on the wall. The descriptions explain how each clan helped the tribe move forward.

The Kanza Museum is still looking for information tracing families to clans. Anyone who knows the clan to which their family belongs should contact Museum Director Crystal Douglas at (580) 269-2552, ext. 235, or crystal_douglas@kawnation.com.


About the Kanza Museum logo

The Kanza Museum has combined the “Southwind” statue into the logo design. The arch of the museum building represents the Kanza people, and the sculpture of the rider represents their relationship to nature and their respect of the south wind.

The logo also incorporates the four colors representing the directions they face to invoke the wind. East [red] is the first direction.  South [black] is the second direction.  West [yellow] is the third direction.  North [blue] is the fourth direction.

Logo design is by Bryan M. Richter, Glenpool, Okla., who has also assisted in the production of the Kanza News and the Kaw Nation calendars since 2009.

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