Landscape with Herd of Buffalo on the Upper Missouri. Watercolor by Karl Bodmer, 1833
• Special to the Leader & Times
The Seward County Historical Society in Liberal will host “Kansas BC,” a presentation and discussion by Donald Blakeslee at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Rock Island Depot at 4 Rock Island Rd.
Members of the community are invited to attend the program. A fun fajita dinner will be served before the program for $10 per person.
Tickets will be available at the door or at the Coronado Museum. Contact the Coronado Museum at 624-7624 for more information.
The program is made possible by the Kansas Humanities Council.
Folks are invited to bring their Native American artifacts for Dr. Blakeslee to identify and discuss.
This presentation will look at Kansas in the era before Columbus. The prehistoric inhabitants of Kansas travelled widely, even to central Mexico; traded with the Pueblo people of the Southwest; and included people interested in such arcane subjects as meteors and meteorites and were part of a continent-wide intellectual tradition.
Blakeslee is an expert on prehistoric and early historic plains life and professor of anthropology at Wichita State University. He has done field work throughout the Great Plains and is the author of four books and numerous articles in anthropology.
“Consider what was not here; no cities, no roads, no mechanization, no domestic animals other than the dog,” Blakeslee said. “It is easy to imagine the small human communities that occupied Kansas for thousands of years would have existed in relative isolation, focused on hand-to-mouth existence – but nothing could be further from the truth.
“Kansas BC” is part of the Kansas Humanities Council’s Humanities Speakers Bureau, featuring presentations and discussions that examine the shared human experience – innovations, culture, heritage and conflicts.