Category: American Indian Culture

Osage marriage customs of the past

By: Roseanne McKee Republished with permission of the Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise Historically, Osage people had a very different approach to marriage than they do today. Marriages were arranged through a formal, negotiation process between the families over four days. Author Robert Liebert describes the process…

USPS releases Kiowa mural stamp with Anadarko celebration

Based on a press release by the USPS The Postal Service is celebrating one of its lobby government-commissioned artworks featuring one of the Anadarko, OK, Post Office murals, named “Kiowas Moving Camp.” In the 1930s, President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s administration commissioned artwork in Post…

Osage mark months with moon references

By: Roseanne McKee Republished with permission of the Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise Calendar months for the Osage were marked by references to the moon. For example, the month of February was “Light of Day Returns Moon,” according to the book “Osage Life & Legends” by Robert…

16th Annual Battle of the Plains Powwow

By Roseanne McKee Republished with permission of the Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise DEWEY — The 16th annual Battle of the Plains was held at the Washington County Fairgrounds on Jan. 19. Programs compete for best dancer bragging rights at the all-youth powwow. Photos from the event…

Colonial Women – Part I

By: Roseanne McKee Republished with permission of the Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise The next few columns will be a look back at some noteworthy women from colonial times. In this column I introduce readers to Sarah Kemble Knight, who decided to take a journey from Boston…

American Indian Style Show – Part III

By Roseanne McKee Republished with permission of the Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise This is part three of a column a style show presented by Osage elder Margaret Bird to Tulsa tourists at the Community Center in Pawhuska on Oct. 26. Samantha Good Eagle wore a jingle…

American Indian Style Show – Part II

By Roseanne McKee Republished with permission of the Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise This is a follow-up to the last article, with additional details about the regalia featured in the style show presented by Osage elder Margaret Bird to Tulsa tourists at the Community Center in Pawhuska…