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Native American/Diverse Populations

Defining the Other: A History of Racial Stereotypes:   Dr. Robert Weems, Willard W. Garvey Distinguished Professor of Business History, Wichita State University.  Explore the history of racial stereotypes. Focus is on the use of negative images of persons of African descent, including in advertising.

Etzanoa: Uncovering the Great Settlement:   Dr. Donald Blakeslee, professor, Wichita State University. Etzanoa, an ancient Kansas settlement, was home to over 20,000 Native Americans. Learn how Dr. Blakeslee located the site, the initial dig, what they’ve found and hope to find.

Excavations at Fool Chief’s Village:   Tricia Waggoner, highway archeologist, Kansas State Historical Society. Fool Chief’s Village, a Kansa village, was occupied between 1830 and 1844 in Shawnee County. Explore this site through its history, excavations, maps, discovered objects and more.

Immigration in Kansas:   Matthew Sanderson, associate professor, Kansas State University. Compare past and current trends, community benefits and challenges when new people move in. Sanderson shares how new cultures become part of, and impact, their community.

Kansas BC:   Dr. Donald Blakeslee, professor, Wichita State University. Dr. Blakeslee discusses the travels, interests, trading habits and lives of Plains people before Columbus. He focuses on their understanding, study and worship of meteors.

The Osage Nation, A Brief History:   Dr. Andrea Hunter, member of Osage Nation, director & historic preservation officer, archeologist. Follow the Osage people from their earliest known existence to their removal to Oklahoma. Dr. Hunter also shares creation stories, culture and the connection to Kansas.

Petroglyphs of the Kansas Smoky Hills:   Rex Buchanan, Josh Svaty. Step back in time and connect with early Kansans through petroglyphs. See amazing photos, learn about the carvings and what they tell us about the people who made them.

Robert Caldwell: Teacher, Leader, Mentor, Mayor:   Marie Johnson, independent researcher. Caldwell was the first African American teacher hired at a Salina integrated school. He was also the first African American to serve as mayor of Salina. Learn about this amazing man of firsts.

Views of the West from the First Peoples of the Great Plains:   Dr. Dan Wildcat, professor, director, Haskell Environmental Research Studies Center. Dr. Wildcat discusses the movement of the First Peoples across the Great Plains. Learn about their experiences and initial contacts with settlers.