Kickapoo Tribe uses art exhibit to showcase importance of water on reservation

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - The Kickapoo Tribe is using art to help people understand the effect the environment has on their health and well being.

A photo exhibit displayed Tuesday at the Kansas Statehouse was called "Water Is Life." The exhibit explored how the Kickapoo Tribe uses the environment to effect their health, especially when it comes to water circumstances on their reservation.

The pictures were all taken on the Kickapoo Reservation by senior citizens. The exhibition highlighted photos and narratives from Kickapoo Tribal members about water in their community.

"The tribe has big responsibility in producing water to its members, but also, there's the word respect that comes with water that is not to be taken lightly," said Fred Thomas, the Vice Chairman and Tribal Administrator. "Because it could all be taken away all at once. I mean, what happens if we have a drought?"

Thomas said the photos were a great way to see water through the eyes of the senior citizens.