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American Indian Homes in the Central Plains - Republic

Guided tour—Pawnee Indian Museum State Historic Site, Republic

Admission and transportation subsidies are available to schools in twenty-six northwest Kansas counties for this tour.


Pawnee Indian VillageHow did people of the Pawnee Nation who lived in the Central Plains build their homes?  What natural supplies did they use?  What does an earth lodge look like? Did the Pawnees also live in tipis?  Come to the Pawnee Indian Museum to find the answers to these questions and to learn about the homes of other Plains Indians including the Kansa, Wichita, and Cheyenne.

This guided tour offers teachers pre-and post-visit materials to help provide students with supplemental learning.  Included with these materials is the Read Kansas! American Indian Homes in Kansas lesson. Teachers might also be interested in either of these educational resource trunks: Indian Homes in Kansas or Uses of the Buffalo.

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Floor of Pawnee Earth LodgeCost per student is $6. One adult enters free for every 10 students. Additional adults pay $5.

Length of tour: Approximately one hour.

Number of students in a group: For the best experience, we recommend approximately 30 students per tour. For larger groups please contact the Site administrator.

Registration and scheduling: Contact the site administrator at 785-361-2255; or email Pawnee Indian Museum at kshs.piv@ks.gov. Tours must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance.

Other guided tours at Pawnee Indian Museum:

Nature, A Pawnee Means of Survival

When Smoke Curled Upward from Earth Lodges