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By Louis F. Burns

Traces four hundred years of Osage tradition from prehistoric occasions to the group's present prestige as an formally well-known tribe.

Osage conventional lands can be found in mid-continental the United States encompassed by way 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, specially these of the Caddo to the southwest. but strong usual barriers and centuries of luck in war afforded the tribe little virtue in makes an attempt to stop 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 beginners was once inevitable.

Louis Burns attracts on ancestral oral traditions and learn in a vast physique of literature to inform the tale of the Osage humans. He writes sincerely 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. due to its masterful compilation and synthesis of the recognized facts, A heritage of the Osage People is still the easiest reference for info on a major 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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