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By Louis F. Burns

Strains four hundred years of Osage tradition from prehistoric occasions to the group's present prestige as an formally famous tribe.Osage conventional lands can be found in mid-continental the United States encompassed via the present-day states of Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas, and Oklahoma. significant waterways via those lands and the defensible terrain of the Ozark variety supplied the tribe a different virtue in prehistoric and early old occasions. A warlike humans, the Osage lengthy encroached on neighboring tribal lands, in particular these of the Caddo to the southwest. but solid normal barriers and centuries of good fortune in war afforded the tribe little virtue in makes an attempt to prevent Euro-American westward growth. 3 significant routes to the West—the Missouri and Arkansas Rivers and the Continental Trail—crossed Osage land, so clash with the novices used to be inevitable.Louis Burns attracts on ancestral oral traditions and study in a vast physique of literature to inform the tale of the Osage humans. He writes in actual fact and concisely, from the Osage point of view. First released in 1989 and for a few years out of print, this revised version is augmented via a brand new preface and maps. as a result of its masterful compilation and synthesis of the identified info, A background of the Osage humans is still the simplest reference for info on a tremendous American Indian people.Louis F. Burns, of Osage-French-Scottish background, is a member of the Mottled Eagle extended family and writer of six books, together with Symbolic and ornamental paintings of the Osage humans.

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Berries and papaws grew in the undergrowth and at the edges of prairies. Ox bow lakes, left as remnants of old river courses, supplied lily roots and potatoes. Prairies were especially abundant in deer, elk, and sometimes buffalo. The hills, with their caves, sheltered many bears. When all the various factors involved are taken into consideration, the Humid Continental climates of the world are the most favorable climates for human activity. At the present time in man’s history, peoples of these climates control the entire world.

Two Houses of Mysteries were created. One, called the Little House of Mysteries, was placed in charge of the Isolated Earth People. Ironically, or maybe wisely, this was the House of Peaceful Ceremonies. For example, the Isolated Earth clan always conducted the naming ceremonies. The other house was called the Big House of Mysteries and it was placed in charge of the Black Bear or Radiant Star clan. All ceremonies of war, which included the hunt since it too involved taking life, were held in this house.

Inland waters are well represented, for example, Ne=river or water; Tse=lake; Moh ne ski Ski ka=marsh; Ka he=creek; and Ne ta pa=Pond. In use, these terms are further re¤ned by suf¤xes such as Shin ka. For example, the Arkansas River was called Ne Shu tsy (Red River) and the Little Arkansas River was called Ne Shu tsy Shin ka (Little Red River). Plant names positively indicate the Ohio Valley, since many plants in the Osage lexicon are not native to the areas north, south, or west of Missouri. When one adds the animal names, the focus becomes even more centered on the Piedmont and Ohio Valley.

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