In celebration of the start of Native American Heritage Month and National Bison Day, the Flint Hills Discovery Center will host a celebration from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, November 2 at 315 S. Third St. in Manhattan, Kansas. At 1 p.m., special guest, Jon Boursaw, the Citizen Potawatomi Nation Legislative Representative for District 4, will speak about the history of the Nation.
Visitors can participate in a variety of fun, educational events and themed arts and crafts projects for families to enjoy including a large bison pelt and bison artifacts on display.
“The American Bison is a symbol of the North American continent and deserves the title of “Monarch of the Plains,” said Fred Goss, director, FHDC.
On National Bison Day, guests also can enjoy the Discovery Center’s permanent exhibition honoring Native Americans, “Winds of the Past”, which allows visitors to examine the culture and society of the natives who inhabited the tallgrass prairie 13,000 years ago, and discover how the ever-changing landscape impacted their way of life.
“National Bison Day lets us reflect on a symbol and animal that is synonymous with the Flint Hills and Kansas, especially since it served as a hunting ground for many Native American tribes for hundreds of years,” said Goss. “The day also reminds us what individuals can accomplish when a natural resource is threatened with complete loss.”
To learn more about the Flint Hills Discovery Center, visit www.flinthillsdiscovery.org, call 785-587-2726 or visit 315 S. Third St. in Manhattan.