Baylor’s Mayborn Museum Celebrates 10th Anniversary with “The Buffalo and Horse in the Southern Plains Culture” Presentation by Larry Belitz

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Feb. 3, 2015

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WACO, Texas (Feb. 3, 2015) – The Mayborn Museum Complex will host a presentation of “The Buffalo and Horse in the Southern Plains Culture” with Larry Belitz, a Plains Indian material culture consultant at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 5, and at 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 6, to celebrate the museum’s 10th anniversary.

According to Cindee Millard, assistant manager of events at the Mayborn Museum Complex, they are hoping to showcase the museum’s older exhibits by having the presentation take place in its most popular one.

Belitz, a native of South Dakota, will present next to the tipi he created in the Texas Lifeways Exhibit.

“We thought it fitting to invite Larry Belitz back to the museum as part of the celebration of our 10th year,” said Ellie Caston, Ph.D., director of the Mayborn Museum Complex. “He is a wealth of information and a joy to observe.”

Belitz will discuss the significance of the buffalo and horse to the Native American tribes that once inhabited Waco. Attendees will learn about tipi etiquette, the uses of buffalo parts and other areas of pre-1870 Native American life.

A reception will follow the presentations. The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited.

The Mayborn Museum Complex is located at 1300 S. University Parks Drive and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, until 8 p.m. Thursday and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Call the Mayborn Museum Complex at 254-710-1733 for more information and reservations.

by Ashton Brown, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805


Baylor University is a private Christian University and a nationally ranked research institution, characterized as having “high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University provides a vibrant campus community for approximately 16,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating University in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 12 nationally recognized academic divisions. Baylor sponsors 19 varsity athletic teams and is a founding member of the Big 12 Conference.


Located on the Baylor University campus, the Mayborn Museum Complex features a natural science and cultural history museum focusing on Central Texas with walk-in dioramas, including one on the Waco Mammoth Site, and exploration stations for geology, paleontology, archaeology, and natural history. In addition, 17 themed discovery rooms encourage hands-on learning for all ages.

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