Category: Osage

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…

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…

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…

Osage artist creates façade for Crystal Bridges arts complex

By Roseanne McKee Republished with permission of the Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise Osage artist Addie Roanhorse took inspiration for the design for the facade of the Crystal Bridges Museum’s new performing and visual arts complex from a finger-woven belt, which is part of Osage women’s regalia….

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…