By Louis F. Burns
Traces 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 USA encompassed by means of 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 special virtue in prehistoric and early historical occasions. A warlike humans, the Osage lengthy encroached on neighboring tribal lands, specifically these of the Caddo to the southwest. but strong typical barriers and centuries of luck in struggle afforded the tribe little virtue in makes an attempt to stop 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 large physique of literature to inform the tale of the Osage humans. He writes in actual fact and concisely, from the Osage viewpoint. First released in 1989 and for a few years out of print, this revised variation is augmented through a brand new preface and maps. due to its masterful compilation and synthesis of the recognized information, A heritage of the Osage People is still the simplest reference for info on an incredible 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 artwork of the Osage People.
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