A timeline history of the Kaw Nation
Grant allows Kanza Museum to share tribal history through a historical timeline
To download a digital file of the Timeline History of the Kaw Nation, click here.
For a bibliographical list of references for the Timeline History of the Kaw Nation, click here.
For author’s notes responding to questions about some information used in the timeline, click here.
Kaw Nation timeline wall
The Timeline Project was in three years of research prior to its actual creation, and with the assistance of a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), it has now become a reality.
Like any project, there were issues to overcome such as painting, preparation, scheduling, delay of supplies and security issues. However the biggest challenge was the research itself. Finding authentication and proof on the information is vital to any timeline. History has not been kind to the Kanza people — and that includes documentation.
All of the information on the Timeline Project Wall has been reviewed and verification was completed; now this visual aid is a living tribute to the Kaw/Kanza people.
This project could not have been completed without the help of the consultant Nancy Lowe-Clark, who worked very close with us on this project. Her solutions to various problems were very time-saving. Video cameras were installed; they run 24/7 in order to help prevent vandalism and theft.
Pushing to complete the project prior to the Kaw Powwow was a challenge; however, it was finished in time to hold a Grand Opening on the same weekend. During the powwow, we will get anywhere from 500 to 1,000 citizens who travel from great distances to join friends and family and visit the Kanza Museum. What a wonderful day for tribal citizens to view this visual aid of their history and a great day for the Kanza Museum.
Our appreciation goes to the funding institution IMLS for allowing funding for the project as well as the publishing of the Timeline Booklet. Individuals may now take the booklet with them after visiting the Kanza Museum, or they may download it from our website. This booklet is a valuable piece of the exhibit; now this information can travel across the country to tribal citizens, and their heritage can be shared with others.
We would like to invite tribal citizens and the general public to visit the Kanza Museum. Our hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call me at our toll-free number, 1-866-404-5297.
— Crystal Douglas, Director
Made possible through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services