Kansas archaeologist presents talk on Kanza village excavation

Tricia Waggoner, Kansas State Historical Society highway archaeologist, will present a talk at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 5 at the Smoky Hill Museum in Salina.

Her presentation will be on the history of the Fool Chief’s Village, a Kanza Indian village near Topeka from 1830 to 1844. The site recently had to be excavated because of a pending road project.

In the early 1800s, the Kanza claimed a territory that covered roughly two-fifths of modern-day Kansas. But by the mid-19th century, as European settlement claimed more and more land around Council Grove, the Kaw Nation was forced into what is now Oklahoma .

The Smoky Hill Museum at 211 W. Iron in Salina is free and open to the public. Hours are from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.