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April 11 Big Muddy Speaker Series in Kansas City

Catlin drawing Haw-che-ke-sug-ga

"The People of the River's Mouth - In Search of the Missouria Indians"

presentation by Mike Dickey, Author and Site Administrator of Arrow Rock State Historic Site

Few people know that the Missouri River, and the state named after it, were actually named for a tribe of Native Americans that lived along the river near the mouth of the Grand River. Even fewer people know much about the tribe, which had already begun to decline due to disease by the time European explorers began to encounter them.

Mike Dickey will be sharing the knowledge he gained researching his recently released book called "The People of the River's Mouth - In Search of the Missouria Indians".

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

6 p.m. Social Hour
7 p.m. Presentation
At  Hickok's Grill
528 Walnut St. - Kansas City, MO (in the River Market),
(816) 472-0161
(directions below)

Presentation is FREE! Click here for flier (pdf)

Please support our partner by coming early for dinner and drinks at this great local establishment! Happy Hour till 7:00

The Missouria tribe is now headquartered in Red Rock, Oklahoma, but their ancestral homeland is along the Missouri River. They called themselves "Nyut-achi", or the "People of the River's Mouth" (probably referring to the Grand River), but history knows them as the "Missouria" (from the Algonquin name for the tribe - meaning "people of the big canoes").

These people were intimately tied to the Missouri River, and lived both along its banks and in a scattering of villages in mid-Missouri (especially today's Saline County). They would follow the Grand River north to hunt for bison then return to their villages along the Big Muddy. Today's Van Meter State Park is the location of a historic Missouria (and Oneonta before them) village.

utz village site

We are lucky to have Mike Dickey, the author of the most recent book collecting the story of the Missouria Indians. Come and learn about the people who our state is named for.

You can purchase Dickey's book by clicking here-


From Kansas City, Kansas:

  • Take I-70 into Missouri.
  • Take exit 2D towards Main St.
  • Merge onto W. 6th St.
  • Turn left onto Walnut St. Hickok's Grill will be on your left.

From the East:

  • Take I-70 into downtown Kansas City.
  • Take exit 2F toward Grand St./Walnut St./Oak St.
  • Keep left at the fork and merge onto E Independence Ave.
  • Turn right onto Walnut St. Hickok's Grill will be on your left.

drawing on top by George Catlin (1836). Painting courtesy of Mo. Dept. of Natural Resources.

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