Kiowa Oral History: Approaching the Santa Fe Trail

3/7/2020 | Arrow Rock State Historic Site | Arrow Rock, MO

Join us in the visitor center auditorium for a presentation by Leon Hawzipta, Jr., a retired educator from Holdenville, Oklahoma. Mr. Hawzipta is 4/4 Kiowa-Comanche and a traditional Native American storyteller. He learned traditional stories from his grandmother that had been passed down for generations. Storytelling presentations focus on old stories about creation, trickster heroes, life, death, animals, insects, disease, survival, hunting, courtship, moral lessons, cultural changes and history.

From 1822 through the 1860s, traders from central Missouri’s “Boonslick County” traveled the Santa Fe Trial to New Mexico seeking wealth. The trail passed directly through the territory of the Kiowa and Comanche. Some interactions between the traders and the Indians were amicable, but others were not, depending on circumstances. 

Mr. Hawzipta’s presentation will offer the chance to see how the Kiowa viewed the natural world and the historical events that impacted their culture. 

This program is part of the First Saturday Lecture series for 2020 and is free and open to the public.

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Lecture Time: 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
39521 Visitor Center Drive, Arrow Rock, MO | (660) 837-3330

Associated activities

  • Interpretive Programs