Category: Osage Nation & Culture

Cahokia Mounds reflect ancient Osage life

A Birger figurine (shown left) was found in the Cahokia area near St. Louis, carved from Missouri flintclay depicting a kneeling woman hoeing into a snake, symbolic of fertility, life forces and the lower world. Photo by Roseanne McKee By Roseanne McKee Republished with…

History: Oklahoma takes shape

By Roseanne McKee Reprinted with permission of the Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise A month ago today, May 2, was a significant day in Oklahoma history. It was the day that an Act took effect that provided the initial framework for the land in Oklahoma to be…

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…

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…

A Rare Look at Osage Before First Contact

By Roseanne McKee Republished with permission of the Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise Before Europeans arrived in North America, the Osage people were organized into a complex society with well-formed traditions. However, the Osage elders decided not to speak of the time before first contact and that…

Roanhorse delivers on gallery experience

By Roseanne McKee Republished with permission of the Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise A few months before the P.W. Mercantile opened, Osage artist Addie Roanhorse purchased a two-story, 105 year-old building in downtown Pawhuska with a business partner. Roanhorse converted the first floor into event space called…

Veterans Memorial dedicated on Osage Nation Campus

By Geneva HorseChief-Hamilton, ON Communications Pawhuska, Okla., Osage Nation Reservation (Friday, November 9, 2018) – The first-ever memorial recognizing Osage US military veterans and pre-military scouts is scheduled for a public dedication on Veterans Day, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, from 9:30 am to 11:00…