By Louis F. Burns
Osage conventional lands can be found in mid-continental the USA encompassed via 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 occasions. A warlike humans, the Osage lengthy encroached on neighboring tribal lands, specifically these of the Caddo to the southwest. but stable typical limitations and centuries of good fortune in struggle 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 in actual fact and concisely, from the Osage viewpoint. First released in 1989 and for a few years out of print, this revised version is augmented by way of a brand new preface and maps. due to its masterful compilation and synthesis of the recognized info, A heritage of the Osage People remains to be the easiest reference for info on a big American Indian people.
Louis F. Burns, of Osage-French-Scottish history, 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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