As part of Indigenous Peoples’ Day celebrations this week, students with the First Nations Student Association at the University of Kansas have made history, raising a tipi on the lawn of Strong Hall.
Haskell Indian Nations University students also helped with the efforts. Student leaders of both universities have worked to coordinate events this week to avoid conflicts.
The group is planning to take the tipi down at 5 p.m. Friday.
Photos by Tom Harper
Community members also captured the historic tipi raising and shared some moments on social media:
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Hock E Aye Vi Edgar Heap of Birds (Cheyenne, Arapaho), the artist who created the five-panel “Native Hosts” installation at the University of Kansas’ Spencer Museum of Art, will give a virtual lecture next week.
The KU Office of Public Safety has identified two suspects believed to have vandalized Native American artwork on campus, Deputy Chief James Druen says.
Carole Tomlinson, now a faculty member at Haskell Indian Nations University, submitted this 1978 photo of students who raised a tipi on the lawn of KU’s Watson Library.
As part of Indigenous Peoples’ Day celebrations this week, students with the First Nations Student Association at KU have made history, raising a tipi on the lawn of Strong Hall.
Musician Ron Brave paid respects with drum and flute to ancestors who lived on land that became Kansas for the ceremony Thursday marking return to public display of artist Edgar Heap of Birds’ five panels recognizing tribes that resided in the region.
After vandalism damaged four of its panels and the fifth was stolen, the “Native Hosts” Common Work of Art has been reinstalled at the Spencer Museum of Art on the University of Kansas campus.
The Lawrence school board on Monday honored Indigenous people in the district, approved a donation of trees for Cordley Elementary’s playground and more.
Lawrence Rep. Christina Haswood, a Democratic member of the House Water Committee, said she found it curious that Rep. Ron Highland hosted an event intentionally labeled to bring attention to Columbus Day.