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ATTENTION:
Friday, September 15th's production has been canceled due to weather.
Please join us on Saturday, September 16th. All tickets will be honored.


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Tickets are good for either performance... Friday, September 15th OR Saturday, September 16th.

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Signature Event

VOICES of the
WIND PEOPLE

September 15 & 16, 2023

This beautifully presented story depicts the changes affected by two vastly different cultures. As the Kaw Indians were being relocated and European American settlers were beginning to populate Council Grove on the Santa Fe Trail, the dynamics of these two cultures co-existing proved to be intense.

 

The performances take place at the Neosho Riverwalk Amphitheater near historic downtown Council Grove and adjacent to the Santa Fe Trail crossing on the Neosho River. The production incorporates historic photos, images of the prairie landscape, and video images with the live-action of a pack train, wagon train, stagecoach, riders on horseback, tepees and the campfire of a Kanza village. 

Approximately 45-50 Kanza Indians of the Kaw Nation from Kaw City, OK, whose ancestors once lived in the Council Grove area, return to participate in this production. They provide the principal narration of Chief Allegawaho, enact village scenes, and perform dramatic roles and traditional dances.

The Voices of the Wind People pageant was conceived to provide the public with a historically accurate story of the clash of two cultures, Native American and Euro-American, in the historic setting of Council Grove on the Santa Fe Trail. The two main pageant characters, Chief Allegawaho, Kanza (Kaw) Chief, and Seth Hays, Council Grove’s first Euro-American resident, narrate this compelling story. The first production was in 1992, with performances in 1993, 1996, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018, 2021, and now 2023.

The production of Voices of the Wind People is accomplished completely by volunteer staff and performers, requiring the involvement of approximately 125 people per performance. These volunteers are willing to give their time because they believe in the importance of this story. Each year this is performed, over 4,000 volunteer hours have been recorded.

Look for the ceremonial fire that burns through the duration of the pageant.

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Learn more about the Voices...

This dramatization represents how the commercial requirements of the Santa Fe Trail and the European American westward expansion changed the lives of the Kanza people and the history of the Kaw Nation. This road provided the backdrop for many of the events that formed Council Grove. The town was named after an agreement was made between the government and the Osage nation allowing settlers’ and traders’ wagon trains to pass safely through the area and proceed southwest to Santa Fe, (New) Mexico.

 

This westward push of the European American settlement became known as “Manifest Destiny.” This was the belief that the United States was destined to expand from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean. Advocates of Manifest Destiny theory believed this expansion was not only right and good, but that it was obvious (“manifest”) and certain (“destiny”).

 

Since the late 1600s the Kanzas lived in eastern and northern Kansas. In the early 1800s their estimated “domain” was comprised of approximately 20 million acres. A treaty arranged by the U.S. government in 1825 assigned the Kanzas to a two-million-acre reservation in northern Kansas. That same year the Kanzas signed another treaty promising safe passage to European American traders on the Santa Fe Trail. This trail served both as an international commercial trade route and a military highway stretching over 800 miles from Missouri to Santa Fe. In 1846, a second treaty relocated the tribe onto a 256,000-acre reservation encompassing the site of Council Grove, a “rendezvous” (meeting and organizing point) on the Santa Fe Trail. It passed through the heart of the Kanza reservation and had a significant negative impact on the well-being of the tribe. In 1859, the U.S. government arranged a third treaty reducing the Kanza reservation to approximately 86,000 acres. The continuing encroachment by white squatters and legislation passed by the U.S. Congress in 1873 forced the removal of the Kanzas to Indian Territory, now Oklahoma.

Upcoming Event Details...

  • 2024 Kaw Mission Councils • Council Grove, KS
    2024 Kaw Mission Councils • Council Grove, KS
    Multiple Dates
    Sun, Jul 14
    The Dealership Building
    Jul 14, 2024, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
    The Dealership Building, 318 W Main St, Council Grove, KS 66846, USA
    Jul 14, 2024, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
    The Dealership Building, 318 W Main St, Council Grove, KS 66846, USA
    The 2024 Kaw Mission Councils are a series of lectures and events focused on the rich history of westward expansion and how in affected Anglos, Hispanics, and Native peoples. All programs unless indicated will be held at 2pm on the Santa Fe Trail at the Dealership Building, 318 West Main Street.
  • Fredrick Phillips American Legion Post 121 Monthly Meeting
    Fredrick Phillips American Legion Post 121 Monthly Meeting
    Multiple Dates
    Mon, Jul 15
    Council Grove Recreation & Events Center
    Jul 15, 2024, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
    Council Grove Recreation & Events Center, Old Hwy 56, Council Grove, KS 66846, USA
    Jul 15, 2024, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
    Council Grove Recreation & Events Center, Old Hwy 56, Council Grove, KS 66846, USA
    Meetings happen on the Third Monday of Every Month at 6:30pm.
  • Together With Veterans & Morris County : Steering Committee Meeting
    Together With Veterans & Morris County : Steering Committee Meeting
    Multiple Dates
    Thu, Jul 25
    Alexander Artworks
    Jul 25, 2024, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
    Alexander Artworks, 120 W Main St, Council Grove, KS 66846, USA
    Jul 25, 2024, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
    Alexander Artworks, 120 W Main St, Council Grove, KS 66846, USA
    Steering Committee Meeting at Alexander Artworks.
  • Girls Getaway in the Grove :: Wine & Wander
    Girls Getaway in the Grove :: Wine & Wander
    Sat, Jul 27
    Council Grove, KS
    Jul 27, 2024, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Council Grove, KS, Council Grove, KS 66846, USA
    Jul 27, 2024, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Council Grove, KS, Council Grove, KS 66846, USA
    Ladies, play Council Grove BINGO as you wander and taste wines throughout town. Stop by DESTINATION : Council Grove for an ID check and to pick up your BINGO card.
  • Pink Gravel's THE RIVERBANK RIDE
    Pink Gravel's THE RIVERBANK RIDE
    Sat, Aug 03
    The Event Center on Block 31
    Aug 03, 2024, 8:00 AM
    The Event Center on Block 31, Dwight, KS 66849, USA
    Aug 03, 2024, 8:00 AM
    The Event Center on Block 31, Dwight, KS 66849, USA
    The Riverbank Ride returns. A 40-50 mile Gravel Bicycle route starting at The Event Center in Dwight to Council Grove's Riverbank Brewing and back for a post ride meal at The Event Center.
  • 2024 Morris County Youth Rodeo
    2024 Morris County Youth Rodeo
    Sat, Aug 03
    Morris County Fairgrounds
    Aug 03, 2024, 6:00 PM
    Morris County Fairgrounds, 612 US-56, Council Grove, KS 66846, USA
    Aug 03, 2024, 6:00 PM
    Morris County Fairgrounds, 612 US-56, Council Grove, KS 66846, USA
    Morris County Youth Rodeo Our traditional rodeo for the youth of Morris County and surrounding communities. We keep the entry fees low and the prizes attractive to enable more youth to participate.
  • Together With Veterans AND Morris County / American Legion Post 121 : Veterans Coffee
    Together With Veterans AND Morris County / American Legion Post 121 : Veterans Coffee
    Multiple Dates
    Wed, Aug 07
    The Former National Guard Armory
    Aug 07, 2024, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
    The Former National Guard Armory, 1020 E Main St, Council Grove, KS 66846, USA
    Aug 07, 2024, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
    The Former National Guard Armory, 1020 E Main St, Council Grove, KS 66846, USA
    Veterans Coffee at the former National Guard Armory (1020 East Main Street): join us for coffee, tea and some light snacks as we talk about current issues surrounding our military and personal lives to include VA enrollment, benefits, and other topics effecting Veterans!
  • Sidewalk Sale Take II
    Sidewalk Sale Take II
    Sat, Aug 10
    Council Grove
    Aug 10, 2024, 9:00 AM
    Council Grove, Council Grove, KS 66846, USA
    Aug 10, 2024, 9:00 AM
    Council Grove, Council Grove, KS 66846, USA
    Come downtown and take advantage of wonderful bargains!
  • Second Saturdays in Council Grove
    Second Saturdays in Council Grove
    Multiple Dates
    Sat, Aug 10
    Council Grove, Kansas
    Aug 10, 2024, 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
    Council Grove, Kansas, Council Grove, KS 66846, USA
    Aug 10, 2024, 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
    Council Grove, Kansas, Council Grove, KS 66846, USA
    Community • Shopping • Recreation • Fun • Shopping • Dining • Stay-the-Night!
  • The Legacy of “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz”
    The Legacy of “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz”
    Sat, Aug 10
    Carnegie Archives and Research Center
    Aug 10, 2024, 2:00 PM
    Carnegie Archives and Research Center, 303 W Main St, Council Grove, KS 66846, USA
    Aug 10, 2024, 2:00 PM
    Carnegie Archives and Research Center, 303 W Main St, Council Grove, KS 66846, USA
    The Morris County Historical Society in conjunction with Humanities Kansas will be hosting “The Wizard Behind Oz,” a presentation and discussion by Chris Glasgow on Saturday, August 10, at 2 p.m. at the Carnegie Archives and Research Center, 303 W. Main in Council Grove.
  • EMT Training with Butler College of the Flint Hills
    EMT Training with Butler College of the Flint Hills
    EMT Training with Butler College of the Flint Hills
    Mon, Aug 19
    Butler Community College
    Aug 19, 2024, 12:00 AM
    Butler Community College, 131 W Main St, Council Grove, KS 66846, USA
    Aug 19, 2024, 12:00 AM
    Butler Community College, 131 W Main St, Council Grove, KS 66846, USA
    Enroll Today! Classes begin August 19, 2024
  • CGAT&TA : Quarterly Events Committee Meeting
    CGAT&TA : Quarterly Events Committee Meeting
    Multiple Dates
    Thu, Aug 29
    DESTINATION : Council Grove
    Aug 29, 2024, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    DESTINATION : Council Grove, 116 W Main St, Council Grove, KS 66846, USA
    Aug 29, 2024, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    DESTINATION : Council Grove, 116 W Main St, Council Grove, KS 66846, USA
    We invite all members who want to be more involved to join our event committee meetings in 2024, held at DESTINATION: Council Grove, located at 116 West Main Street, CG. This is a great chance to contribute your ideas and help shape the exciting events happening in our community.
  • The Dealership Building Presents : Oktoberfest on the Santa Fe Trail!
    The Dealership Building Presents : Oktoberfest on the Santa Fe Trail!
    Sat, Sep 28
    The Dealership Building
    Sep 28, 2024, 2:30 PM
    The Dealership Building, 318 W Main St, Council Grove, KS 66846, USA
    Sep 28, 2024, 2:30 PM
    The Dealership Building, 318 W Main St, Council Grove, KS 66846, USA
    Join us for local craft beer flights, Kansas whiskey samples, and live music! You can also flex your muscles for the stein holding competition!
  • Just A Chill Ride -50K Sixth Edition
    Just A Chill Ride -50K Sixth Edition
    Sat, Oct 05
    The Event Center on Block 31
    Oct 05, 2024, 9:30 AM
    The Event Center on Block 31, Dwight, KS 66849, USA
    Oct 05, 2024, 9:30 AM
    The Event Center on Block 31, Dwight, KS 66849, USA
    "Just A Chill Ride -50K Sixth Edition" hosted by Pink Gravel is a free gravel bike ride. Start and Finish at The Event Center in Dwight. Camping available onsite.
  • MCYRA Fall Ranch Rodeo
    MCYRA Fall Ranch Rodeo
    Sun, Oct 06
    Morris County Fairgrounds
    Oct 06, 2024, 1:00 PM
    Morris County Fairgrounds, 612 US-56, Council Grove, KS 66846, USA
    Oct 06, 2024, 1:00 PM
    Morris County Fairgrounds, 612 US-56, Council Grove, KS 66846, USA
    Morris County Youth Rodeo Association is having their Fall Ranch Rodeo
  • 2024 CG/D UMC Fall Bazaar and Luncheon
    2024 CG/D UMC Fall Bazaar and Luncheon
    Sat, Oct 19
    Council Grove United Methodist Church
    Oct 19, 2024, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
    Council Grove United Methodist Church, 21 North Msn, Council Grove, KS 66846, USA
    Oct 19, 2024, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
    Council Grove United Methodist Church, 21 North Msn, Council Grove, KS 66846, USA
    Bazaar and Luncheon
  • The Dealership Building Presents : A NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY!!!
    The Dealership Building Presents : A NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY!!!
    Tue, Dec 31
    The Dealership Building
    Dec 31, 2024, 8:00 PM
    The Dealership Building, 318 W Main St, Council Grove, KS 66846, USA
    Dec 31, 2024, 8:00 PM
    The Dealership Building, 318 W Main St, Council Grove, KS 66846, USA
    Join us for the 3rd Annual New Year's Eve bash at The Dealership Building! Watch the ball drop with all your friends. Free snack bar and specialty cocktails will be available.
  • Washunga Days 2025
    Washunga Days 2025
    Fri, Jun 20
    Neosho Riverwalk Amphitheater
    Jun 20, 2025, 12:00 AM – Jun 21, 2025, 11:50 PM
    Neosho Riverwalk Amphitheater, 14 E Main St, Council Grove, KS 66846, USA
    Jun 20, 2025, 12:00 AM – Jun 21, 2025, 11:50 PM
    Neosho Riverwalk Amphitheater, 14 E Main St, Council Grove, KS 66846, USA
    Washunga Days is an annual music and community festival that celebrates the past and present culture of Council Grove and Morris County, Kansas.

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