First Peoples Festival reverences Overland Park’s Medicine Wheel

The sacred wheel is now the gathering place for First Peoples around the region. Here’s what you can expect at the celebration.

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It’s time to celebrate the many First Peoples cultures.

Photo by First Peoples Festival

Overland Park’s (OP) annual First Peoples Festival returns this Saturday, Sept. 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Come out to the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens at 8909 W. 179th St., where this festival brings together regional Native Americans to celebrate the installation of the OP Medicine Wheel 22 years ago.

Practiced by many Native American cultures, medicine wheels serve as a place of worship + spiritual reflection.

Here’s how you can participate:

  • Attend demonstrations like the Native American flute workshop.
  • Watch dancers and singers perform traditional arrangements.
  • Browse booths from tribal groups.

Entry into the festival is included with the $5 admission into the Arboretum. You can purchase tickets online or at the door.