American Indians and the Buffalo
Guided tour — Fort Hays State Historic Site, Hays
Grades — Pre-K to adult
To the Plains Indians, "Tahtonka" provided all the necessary elements of life. They not only ate the meat but fashioned tools and weapons from the bones and made clothing and shelter from the skin. Nothing was wasted. Find out what a quirt and parfleche are made from and what parts of the bison were used to make cooking pots and water containers. Reproduction American Indian items such as a coup stick, cradleboard, pipe, tomahawk, bow and arrows and many other useful items will also be shown in this is a hands-on program.
Cost per student for guided tours including museum admission: $2. One adult enters free for every 10 students. Additional adults pay the student rate.
Number of students in a group: 30
Length of tour: Approximately one hour.
Registration and scheduling: Contact Site administrator, 785-625-6812; email Fort Hays. Tours must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance.
Other guided tours at Fort Hays:
- Button Boards and Glass Grenades: Military Oddities of the 1800s
- Grating, Grinding and Shaving: Antique Kitchen Gadgets
- From Reveille to Taps: Bugle Calls at Fort Hays
- Victorian Secrets: What Women Wore in the 1800s