Experience a Pawnee Tradition

Republic event to start fund for earth lodge

An event to showcase Pawnee traditions and start a fund to build a historic earth lodge will be held Friday and Saturday, September 29 and 30 at the Pawnee Indian Village Museum and at the Republic School building. On Friday from 2-5 p.m. the Friends of the Pawnee Indian Museum will host a reception for members of the Pawnee. Saturday, September 30 at noon the Pawnee will serve a traditional Pawnee lunch made by the Pawnee. Following lunch, there will be Pawnee dancing in the gym.

The Friends will collect free will donations to start a fund to build a replica earth lodge on Pawnee land about five miles west of the museum.

“There’s a model of what an earth lodge looked like in the museum,” says Friends member Judy Smies, Republic. “This would allow people to see what an earth lodge really was.”

Smies said she and Charles Smies have been working with the Pawnee, based in Pawnee, Okla. for about a year to plan the event. Smies said she hopes the meal and dance and the eventual construction of an earth lodge will increase visitors to the museum, and also help preserve Pawnee traditions.

“It’s beneficial to all the communities in the area to increase tourism,” she says. “And it’s important that visitors understand (Pawnee) traditions.”

The Pawnee recognized at the museum are members of the Kitkehahki band. The museum tells the story of a Pawnee village that existed in the 1700 and 1800s, and is administrated by the Kansas Historical Society.

The museum is built over an excavated floor of an earth lodge, and students from the University of Kansas have assisted in digs of other earth lodges that surround the museum.

Come Experience a Pawnee Tradition

Friday – September 29, 2017 – 2:00 – 5:00 pm at the Pawnee Indian Museum located 4 miles west of Scandia, KS on US 36 then 8 miles north on K-266 to the Museum. Members of the Pawnee will be on hand to meet and greet visitors.

Saturday – September 30, 2017 – 12:00 Noon – At the old Republic High School in Republic, KS, we will be serving a traditional Pawnee lunch made by the Pawnee – First Come First Served – FREE WILL DONATIONS.

Immediately following lunch there will be Pawnee Dancing in the gym – FREE WILL DONATION ENTRY.

All donations will go towards building a replica earth lodge on Pawnee land approximately 5 miles west of the Pawnee Indian Museum.

Contact Judy Smies for more information – 785-648-0179.


Learn more below

KS State Historical Society – http://www.kshs.org/pawnee_indian

Kansas Travel Blog – http://www.kansastravel.org/pawneeindianmuseum.htm

8 Wonders of Kansas – www.kansassampler.org/8wonders/historyresults.php?id=285

Pawnee Indian Village painting