The Indian Encampment and earthen log lodge is a historically accurate, culturally sensitive replica of a small Kanza Indian village.
The Kanza, now known as the Kaw Indian Nation, were indigenous to northeast Kansas when the first European explorers arrived. They built permanent earthen lodges clustered in villages. They used teepees during their semi-annual bison hunts.
The primary structure is an earthen lodge with an interior diameter of 40 feet. It is constructed entirely of wood from tree trunks for support and covered with smaller trees and thatched grasses with a top layer of soil.
The center structure is constructed of cottonwood trees 14 feet tall and 14 inches thick. The outer ring of the lodge is constructed with mostly hedge and hackberry tree trunks 10 feet tall, 8 inches thick.
The lodge, which is flanked by two 18-foot-tall teepees, is used as an instructional facility for group tours, historians and guests of all ages.
The Indian Encampment is closed during history tours, which is generally in the morning on weekdays.