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- DescriptionSlouan peoples who migrated from the Atlantic coastal region and settled in the central portion of the North American continent long before the arrival of Europeans are w kwn as Osage. Because the Osage did t possess a written language, their myths and cultural traditions were handed down orally through many generations. With time, only those elements deemed vital were preserved in the stories, and many of these became highly stylised. The resulting verbal recitations of the proper life of an Osage - from genesis myths to body decoration, from star songs to child-naming rituals, from war party strategies to medicinal herbs - constitute this comprehensive volume. Osage myths differ greatly from the myths of Western Civilization, most obviously in the absence of individual names. Instead, younger brother, the messenger, Little Old Men, or a clan name may serve as the allegorical embodiment of the central player. Individual heroic feats are also missing because group life took precedence over individual experience in Osage culture. This volume supplements the work of ted ethgrapher Francis La Flesche who devoted most of his professional life to recording detailed descriptions of Osage rituals. Louis Burns's unique position as a modern Osage - aware of the white culture's expectations but steeped in the traditions himself and able to write from an insider's perspective - makes this work valuable to scholar and layperson alike.
- Author BiographyLouis F. Burns, of Osage-French-Scottish heritage, is a member of the Mottled Eagle Clan and author of 6 books, including A History of the Osage People.
- Author(s)Louis F. Burns
- PublisherThe University of Alabama Press
- Date of Publication31/01/2005
- SubjectSociology & Anthropology: Professional
- Place of PublicationAlabama
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintThe University of Alabama Press
- Content Note30 illustrations
- Weight340 g
- Width140 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine15 mm
- Edition Statement4th
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