The culture of the Osage Nation reaches back in time. Perhaps to the beginning of time. There is not much written about the Osage People before the mid-1600's. At that time, traders and explorers began to document their accounts with tribes of the Midwest in what was later to become the United States
. The Osages were considered a Siouan people, semi-nomadic in nature and recorded mainly throughout the Missouri
area. They were a Nation of people with a familial culture of Northern Plains' tribes.
All nations east of the Mississippi traveled the Trail of Tears. The Osage were no different. They were removed and settled in Kansas. By the time they negotiated the treaty of 1865, to purchase land in Oklahoma, the Osages had reduced in population by 95%. Only 3000 Osage People walked across the Kansas boarder into their new land.
The Osage of today, resonate their culture of long standing traditions by clinging to the lessons of their ancestors. The modern day Osage is educated, diverse and staunch to the fact that being Osage is their identity.
Our native culture today is a respectful memorial to our past. We participate in our dance, our feasting and our naming cermonies because that is what we have left. We do not try to re-create the past, we are the present and our culture is in the present. Like all indigenous cultures, we are a traditional people. No matter where we roam, we are always "Osage" and that is what brings us back to our Osage Reservation. To commune with each other, to relate to each other and to be recognized each year during our cermonials as Osages.
Please visit our sites listed below and in doing wo we hope that the personification of what it means to be Osage will be of some inspiration to you.