Category Archives: Osage

A stick of gum for Mother’s Day

My earliest memories of travel meant loading up at daybreak in the back of the family station wagon with three of my sisters and armloads of pillows stuffed in between. While our parents planted themselves in the front we bundled … Continue reading

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Indians under glass

The Indian exhibit currently underway at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City takes an unexpected turn. The Plains Indians: Artists of Earth and Sky assumes a soft approach. There’s an Osage pipe, a beaded dress from the … Continue reading

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Pie Five Days

We started a new tradition in November. I call it Pie Five Days. My symbol for Pie Five Days is an open hand: the symbol Osages use to adorn clothing and blankets, and the same symbol school children use to … Continue reading

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Reconciling Faith

Is it true? One of my students asked me if it’s true that American Indians don’t believe in the land bridge hypothesis. The student is enrolled in a critical race theory class, taught by an American Indian scholar, who told … Continue reading

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A different kind of heirloom

My relative Leaf gave us an heirloom while we were visiting Oklahoma. It’s the sort of heirloom whose value unfolds in a material way. I’m not talking about materialism—the need to acquire stuff. Rather, this heirloom recalls the past in … Continue reading

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Wait: There’s jewelry?

My lung disease has a luscious nickname of Lady Windermere’s Syndrome, thanks to folks who snatched the character from an Oscar Wilde play. And the syndrome even has its own website. This is the first time I’ve ventured onto the … Continue reading

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Okla-homeward bound

June marks the season when families return to Oklahoma and South Dakota. I’m packing a suitcase in my mind, getting mentally ready for the journey. Soon we will join our relatives in Grayhorse for the Osage dances: a time when … Continue reading

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Being Brave

I wish I was as brave as my mother. She was the bravest person I know. We were in awe of her job as a deputy sheriff for the County of Los Angeles, and, as her photo attests, she cut … Continue reading

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Smells like vinegar

Easter smells like vinegar and wood shavings. The reason is the dyes for the hard-boiled eggs require vinegar to set the color. So, as a kid and as a mother-acting-like-a-kid, we dyed hard-boiled eggs rainbow colors like pink, green, yellow … Continue reading

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What did you accomplish in 2013?

We still receive holiday cards. And I still send them. Cards are a way to keep in touch with friends we talk to only occasionally. We were a bit lazy this year: we posted our greetings, sent calendars, but failed … Continue reading

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