TOPEKA — Rep. Anita Judd-Jenkins, R-Arkansas City, has arranged for Etzanoa and the Etzanoa Conservancy to be recognized with a resolution April 5 in the Kansas House of Representatives.

Etzanoa Conservancy President Hap McLeod

Hap McLeod presented a newly released film on the Etzanoa project to the Arkansas City Rotary Club on March 27. The Archeology Channel has produced a short documentary called “Quivira: Conquistadors on the Plains.” It features recent efforts to document a large Native American settlement in Arkansas City called Etzanoa, which thrived from about 1425 to the early 1700s. McLeod, who is president of the Etzanoa Conservancy, speaks in the film, which also shows current images of Arkansas City. The image in the photo above is from an outtake of the film that shows mysterious rock art found in the Etzanoa area.

Several individuals who have been involved with the project will meet with Judd-Jenkins at 10 a.m. at the Capitol. They include Etzanoa Conservancy members Foss Farrar and Hap McLeod, City Manager Nick Hernandez, and Commissioner Jay Warren.

Many other people have been involved in the process of discovering and exploring the ancient Quivira Indian settlement of Etzanoa, including:

  • Don Blakeslee, professor of archaeology at Wichita State University;
  • V.J. Wilkins Memorial Foundation trustees Otis Morrow, Grant Wilkins, James M. Wilkins and Karen Zeller;
  • Arkansas City Historical Society President Terry Naden;
  • Robert Hoard, Kansas State Archaeologist;
  • Richard Hensley;
  • Adam Ziegler and Jann Ziegler;
  • Carol House and Jason Smith;
  • Bert Wilson;
  • Greg and Tami Norwood;
  • Ark City Country Club President Kevin Campbell;
  • Meredith Mahoney, adjunct professor at Wichita State and Cowley College;
  • Sandy Randel, Cherokee Strip Land Rush Museum director.

Judd-Jenkins also has arranged for the documentary film, “Quivira: Conquistadors on the Plains,” to be shown during the day in the visitors center at the Capitol.