From colorfully costumed dance participants parading in the Grand Entry to rhythmic dances and chants, experience Kansas Native-American Indian culture first hand. It's all happening at the American Indian Festival presented by the Mid-American All-Indian Center at Century II Expo Hall in Wichita July 9-10. The first-ever festival will serve as a showcase for the art, dance, history, and song of the culture for which Kansas was named – as well as an opportunity to renew American Indian cultural ties and preserve their rich heritage.

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Included in the festival is a powwow, Native American people's traditional way of meeting together to share in dancing, singing, and visiting.

Festival visitors may also enjoy:

• Arts & Crafts Vendors

• Food Vendors

• Hands-On Educational Opportunities for Adults and Youth

• Health & Wellness Vendors

• Indian Fine Art Market

• Youth Art Show

Learn more about the PowWow.

Becky Blake is the Director of the Kansas Department of Commerce, Travel & Tourism Division, and has been involved in the Kansas tourism industry for the past 30 years. TravelKS Blog provides a brief update from Becky each week, featuring communities, events and attractions throughout the state.