It took over three years of planning and hard, dedicated work to create the new renovated 1700 Ioway Farm at Living History Farms in Urbandale, Iowa. Just ask site director Melinda Carriker and she will tell you how happy she is that the day has finally arrived to celebrate its completion. More than that, how happy she is to celebrate its completion with representatives of the Ioway Nation.
The dedication of the new site will take place at 9:30am on Saturday, July 18th at Living History Farms, 11121 Hickman Rd, Urbandale, IA. Melinda will welcome visitors to Ioway Culture Day and the Ioway Farm, complete with orientation center and interactive kiosk featuring film content created by Fourth Wall Films, producers of the award-winning docu-mentary series Lost Nation: The Ioway 1, 2 & 3.
The new site also features three Ioway homes, gardens and native prairie grasses. The highlight of the event for the public will be meeting Ioway artist and musician Reuben Ironhorse-Kent and Ioway tribal Elder Pete Fee--both from the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska.
Visitors will have the opportunity to talk with Reuben and Pete during the all-day program which will explore the language, tools and foodways of this Native American culture, which gave Iowa its name.
Reuben will also share the stories behind his painted designs on the new Chibóthraje lodge cover at the 1700 Ioway Farm and Pete will talk about what home and cultural traditions mean to the modern Ioway people.
Click HERE for the schedule of activities and more information about this very special day of celebrating Ioway Culture.