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Current Exhibits

Tsate Kongia: Walking in Two Worlds, the Life of Blackbear Bosin

Exhibit Dates: permanent exhibit

The exhibit gives an in-depth look into the personal and professional life of Bosin, one of the founders of the Indian Center and the man behind Wichita's iconic Keeper of the Plains sculpture. Tsate Kongia was Bosin's Kiowa name. It means "Blackbear" and belonged to his great-grandfather, a Kiowa chief. The exhibit includes paintings, photographs, vintage film footage, live audio tapes made by Bosin and interviews with people who were close to him. 

Bosin was an internationally recognized Kiowa-Comanche sculptor and acrylic/watercolor painter from Oklahoma who adopted Wichita as his home in 1940. Primarily a self-taught artist, Bosin helped enhance a better understanding of his culture by presenting scenes and tales of his beloved Indian heritage beautifully to the world. National Geographic gave Bosin his first national recognition in March 1955 with the publication of his painting "Prairie Fire."

  • From the Vault

    Join us for an exhibit of old and new curated works from the Mid-America All-Indian Center Museum’s unique collection.

  • Ivory Miniatures

    Join us for a closer look at our extraordinary collection of intricately carved ivory miniatures. These stunning works of art were gifts made for Mildred Manty, a Ketchikan Public Health nurse by the Alaska Natives she served.

  • What We Collect

    The human desire to collect objects is long recognized in historical and cultural studies. What makes us collect things and why? This exhibit highlights different objects donated to the museum by collectors, families, and individuals.

  • Woody Crumbo: Potawatomi Printmaker

    Take a deep dive into the life and work of the multitalented artist, Woody Crumbo and the Mid-America All-Indian Museum’s extensive collection of prints by the artist. Find out more about his ties to Wichita and why he painted most of his animals blue!