Included with admission, held in our gardens near the Medicine Wheel.
The First Peoples Festival brings together performers, artists, speakers and other Native American community leaders. We plan to celebrate the Medicine Wheel at the Arboretum and to acknowledge the contributions to our community by all tribes, to educate non-native people about this value and to encourage understanding between all groups.
Amado Espinoza, Music maker
Wyandot Nation of Kansas
Wichita War Dancer
Jimmy Beason, professor and author
Janalea Hoffman, Flautist
Ozhitoon Designs and more…
Join us at 10am for a Flute Playing workshop with Janalea. https://oppr.opkansas.org/KS/overland-park-ks/catalog?filter=c2VhcmNoPTQ2ODg5Ng==
Please conduct yourself as if you were in the home of the most respected friends of your most beloved relatives. Anything you wouldn’t do there, don’t do here.
Dress modestly. It is not appropriate to wear halter tops, extremely short skirts or shorts, or swimsuits. Do not wear T-shirts or other items of clothing with profanity or inappropriate slogans.
Dressing up as a Native American is never appropriate. We ask that you refrain from making or wearing native masks, headdresses, or imitations of any Native Regalia. You will be asked to leave if you arrive in such costumes. This applies to adults and children.
Please refrain from negative thoughts or comments.
Feel free to bring lawn chairs, but do not place them in the performance area.
Never touch a Native American’s regalia. If you feel the need to touch, always ask permission, and be gentle and considerate. Respect the personal space of all. You’ll find that most Native Americans are friendly and will answer your questions about their regalia.
Pay attention and listen. Listen to the directions and requests of others given over the microphone and one on one.
Respect everyone, non-native and native, especially elders. Treat everyone with respect and kindness. Look out for children. Treat others as you would expect to be treated.
All Garden rules should be followed, no pets and no tobacco use.
Use courtesy and respect when photographing. The MC will let you know when it will be absolutely not acceptable to take photographs. If you would like a dancer to pose for you, always introduce yourself and ask permission. If you are a professional photographer or artist and feel you may use the image in the future for a commercial project, tell the dancer. Make sure it is OK with him or her.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions and engage in conversation with vendors, dancers, singers and other participants. Enjoy yourself and have a great time!