Washunga Days celebrates the Kaw Nation heritage

Each year in June, the town of Council Grove and the Kaw nation celebrate Washunga Days.

This year’s festival is June 20-21 and includes an intertribal powwow and parade.

The powwow is from 6:30 to 10 p.m. June 20 on the Kaw Mission State Historic Site in Council Grove. It is free and open to the public.

At 10 a.m. on June 21, there will be a parade with the Washunga Days Kaw Princess, Kaw Nation CEO and tribal citizens honored.

Later that day, there will be dulcimer and Native American flute playing. At 6:30 p.m., the powwow will continue on the mission lawn.

The Kaw, or Kansa, Indians lived in three villages southeast of Council Grove from 1848 until their forced removal south to Indian Territory in 1873. The Kaw Mission, Council Grove’s oldest stone structure, showcases the heritage of the Kaw Indians, the Santa Fe Trail and early Council Grove.