By Louis F. Burns
Osage conventional lands can be found in mid-continental the United States encompassed through 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, particularly these of the Caddo to the southwest. but strong ordinary limitations and centuries of good fortune in conflict 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 newbies used to be inevitable.
Louis Burns attracts on ancestral oral traditions and examine in a wide 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. as a result of its masterful compilation and synthesis of the identified facts, A heritage of the Osage People is still the simplest reference for info on a massive American Indian people.
Louis F. Burns, of Osage-French-Scottish historical past, is a member of the Mottled Eagle extended family and writer of six books, together with Symbolic and ornamental paintings of the Osage People.
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