By Louis F. Burns
Osage conventional lands can be found in mid-continental the US 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 diversity supplied the tribe a unique virtue in prehistoric and early old instances. A warlike humans, the Osage lengthy encroached on neighboring tribal lands, in particular these of the Caddo to the southwest. but sturdy common barriers and centuries of luck in war afforded the tribe little virtue in makes an attempt to prevent Euro-American westward enlargement. 3 significant routes to the West—the Missouri and Arkansas Rivers and the Continental Trail—crossed Osage land, so clash with the newbies was once inevitable.
Louis Burns attracts on ancestral oral traditions and examine in a huge physique of literature to inform the tale of the Osage humans. He writes truly and concisely, from the Osage standpoint. First released in 1989 and for a few years out of print, this revised variation is augmented by means of a brand new preface and maps. as a result of its masterful compilation and synthesis of the identified information, A background of the Osage People remains to be the easiest reference for info on an enormous 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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