The Kansa (meaning "people of the south wind") were also
known as the Kaw, a shorter version of the same word. They were a Siouan-speaking
people, close relatives of the Osage, and also related to the Omaha,
Ponca, and Quapaws. They are classified as Great Plains Indians because
they hunted buffalo, but originally they farmed. After they got horses
in the early 1700s, they became more nomadic.
Little White Bear, A Kansa
Many foreigners passed through their lands - from the Spanish, to the French, English, and Americans. An old Indian Trail became a main thoroughfare for settlers, the Santa Fe Trail. All who rode it recognized the Kaw from their distinctive hair style - they shaved the entire head except for one lock at the back.
A Kaw served as Vice-President under Herbert Hoover (1929-1933) - Charles Curtis. He was successful jockey, then became a lawyer, and ran for elected office.
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