Many of us have heard of First Nations people, but few of us have heard of nations (or people) not portrayed by Hollywood. The Osage, are just one of the many First Nations peoples, in the US and Canada, that still exist today. They have a rich heritage, and come from the Great Plains, around Missouri, and Kansas. Today many of the Osage live on a reservation in Oklahoma. They were placed there by our government in the 1800’s.
Historically they are known to have come originally from the Ohio Valley. They were pushed westward by other nations before Europeans came to the area. They settled west of the Mississippi River, between the Missouri and Arkansas Rivers. Notice the nations around them in the green map. Many states and cities in the United States, have names from the First Nations people. The Wichita people have a city in Kansas named after them. The name Kansas is also First Nations.
The Osage were somewhat different than the Lakota, and other peoples that were mostly nomadic, and hunted buffalo. The Osage had semi-permanent villages, and not only hunted buffalo and deer but they also grew crops, including corn, beans, and pumpkins. Early on, their houses were log homes covered with tree bark. My understanding is that they adopted earthen lodges (log homes covered with earth and sod), and later the tipis, we are so used to seeing.
If you have ever read the Laura Ingalls Wilder series, “Little House on the Prairie”, she describes living on the prairie, and seeing First Nations people (although she called them Indians). The people she saw and wrote about were Osage.
I hope you have enjoyed this brief look at a unique and beautiful people. It’s been a while since I have had some First Nations dancing on the site, so I thought I would place some here today. This film is so beautiful because it shows First Nations people living today, and because it shows in their own words, how they feel about dancing, and their culture. Watch for the young man, who is a “warrior within” PEACE.
Blessings to everyone and PEACE!
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