Kaw nation

Kaw Nation

Classroom Lesson Plans

The goal of these classroom-ready lessons is to share with young people, and all interested learners, the rich culture and proud heritage of the Kanza people – both past and present.  These culture-based lessons are provided through a partnership between the Kaw Nation and the Flint Hills Map & Education Program, a project of the Flint Hills Discovery Center, as part of their On-line Center of Learning about the Flint Hills.  Please contact the Kaw Nation If you have suggestions or additional learning resources to offer.

Call For Inquiry

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Voices of the Wind People Pageant

Students will watch a video about a remarkable historical pageant enacted by Kaw Indians and Council Grove community volunteers, depicting the conflict between the Kaw (Kanza) Indians and Euro-American settlers in Council Grove, Kansas.  As background, students will discuss what a “pageant” is and explore Voices website.  Students will answer written questions during and after watching the video, and engage in discussion of the numerous, powerful historical themes contained in this story.

Sunflower Journeys Video


The Kanza: Who, Where & When

This multi-day teaching/learning unit over the Kanza or Kaw Nation will provide a condensed overview of the history of the Kanza people that middle and secondary students could easily read in a class period and will provide teaching strategies, classroom activities and additional resources to use to expand the study into several days.  Activities include timeline, mapping, milestone events, and reading brief biographies of notable Kanza people – followed by Who’s Who Game.

Lesson Plan

Lesson plan including historical overview and biographies.

Student Activities

Timeline, Map, Inquiry Matrix, Who’s Who, KEYS

Kanza Culture & Education

Additional Educational Resources

Below are more educational documents that have been authored by past language department and cultural committee members.

The Kanza Clan Book

Designed to acquaint tribal members and other interested readers with some of the traditional cultural institutions of the Kanza tribe.

The Kanza Reader

The content consists of written and spoken texts collected from Kanza speakers roughly from the 1880s to the 1970s.