Depends where you look

0410000498-lI realize talking with relatives who live on the rez that it all depends on your perspective.

The path differs from one intersection to the next.

For example, elderly relatives were dissuaded in their youth from showing segments of their heritage.

For example, they refrained from speaking our language and the words were nearly lost.

Today the Osage language has rebounded and you can take classes and buy recordings in Wah-Sha-She.

Fear and shame have been replaced by courage and pride.

I’m reminded that what we see and feel in the moment depends on your perspective at the time.

And that perspective shifts like the wind.

5 November Blog for National Native American Heritage Month
Photo of Osage women at


About Cynthia Coleman Emery

Professor and researcher at Portland State University who studies science communication, particularly issues that impact American Indians. Dr. Coleman is an enrolled citizen of the Osage Nation.
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