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Heads Up Wa-zha-zhe! Be thinking about your Osage History, because Osage Nation is listening for the "Will of the People" and this means YOU. This also means NOW!
You will begin with writing when you first realized you were Osage? (It took me a while because the last time I was here to remember, we were still called Wa-zha-zhe.) One Osage wrote the infinity symbol, but seems it's not acceptable in this format to have known forever, even though it's Osage to know this. (Grayhorse update: "Many used the infinity symbols, such as the ∞, to indicate when they first realized that they were Osage and that it is Osage to remember and know ourselves infinitely." Thankfully once again, "infinity" remains an acceptable way to know and understand ourselves.)
Seems, this first meeting requires you to think in a linear timeline, you know "white" people have tried to teach us think this way for a long time now and not spatially, like our Ancestors and other tribes think of their own inner-connection of being in history.
Chief Gray, informs us, on the first page of the "Will of the People" meeting packet, that "it's time to evolve" although I'm not sure what he means. I wonder, are we to evolve from "assimilated Osages" into "Civilized Osages" or what? Don't look to me to understand this, as I don't even believe in evolution, although, I am educated in science and like it.
Perhaps we should just ask the Chief what does he mean because I really thought that the Osage Ancestors were actually an advanced People before we were forced to assimilate into white thinking one's --- and that assimilation actually meant to our Ancestors, a sort of de-evolution. Perhaps I was also wrong in thinking that going forward as a People meant preserving the traditions of our Ancestors. So think about it and be prepared for some tough questions. (Grayhorse update: The Chief was asked and said this was a good question that might require rather large discussion.)
Then think about what you know about Osage History. Unfortunately, the format does not allow much time for our traditional ways of remembering, gently pausing, thinking, listening to others, to Elders and pondering before you speak. Seems instead, there's is a lot to cover in a short amount of time. So you will be provided 1/2 sheets of blank paper and bold markers to write what you remember. These will be put up on a board in the front of the room and read aloud. (Update: At our Grayhorse meeting, full sheets were provided! Yeah, thanks.)
Well I must admit, I was intimidated right away. I'm old with failing eyesight and I don't even write small enough to put a complete thought on a piece of paper that small with such a big marker. It was like grade school all over where we were required to color within the lines. I still am a problem when it comes to lines. Of course Louie who is never intimidated by anything, went right to work, wasting not a second. Like a maniac he wrote, efficiently sending our son to post the results.
So in the very least you might want to spend some time before the next meetings thinking about Osage History because these meetings are here and it's a good thing to think about being Osage and what this means to you.
More importantly, it's a better thing to be with other Osages who are doing this too. We don't do much of doing anything good for the Osage as a People anymore and it's sad were losing this tradition. So participate, think, and write your thoughts down first, if you need. Just go and be Wah-zha-zhe, because that's who you are! Evidently, this will somehow affect our Osage Future.
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GrayHorse Remembers: A peek into our Grayhorse meeting
Our recollection of Osage History was awesome. I hope we will have more opportunities to remember together again , like our grandparents so often remembered. Seems many of my fears were put to rest since Grayhorse remembers that "We came from the stars!" & "Not too long ago, when Cahokia was a diverse population hub, second only to Cairo, it was the Osage, along side the Omaha, who organized our mound building society." & "Many used the infinity symbols, such as the ∞, to indicate when they first realized that they were Osage and that it is Osage to remember and know ourselves infinitely." It's a relief knowing that these memories and understandings remain alive, in the Big Hills People - even outside of Grayhorse Indian Village.
After all, who are we, if not the sum total of our actual Osage History? or how will we fill the vacancies of poor self-esteem in our young Osage, if not with Osage meaning that comes to us, only with the hearing of our Oral History? It is only in teaching and learning of the sacred nature of our relationship with Wa-gkonī-da, are these holes in Osage souls repaired; at least according our Buffalo Bull Clan traditions of the Big Hills People.
Our future goals, well, that part was an "old way" Winter Story" blast! Seems that too many of us - The Big Hills People - remember and know not to take Winter Stories seriously but instead just to have fun in the hearing and telling of them. Osage traditions considers futurism as a "really bad" activity for the Osage but also it would have been "just plain rude" to leave after the History part of the meeting.
Just enough of our Grayhorse Elders, know and understand the nature of young Osages and winter and stories and winter story telling; one provided a serious traditional holistic view of future Osage needs. This model of our future was brought forward by remembering Traditional Osage History, when in 1541 we were at our peak strength, not only in health but in well-being, as the two must go hand in hand. What other model would we really want to discuss than our Osage one?
So quick enough a few Elders began gently instructing the young with their own examples as to the nature of winter story telling. It was an all out free-for-all! And perhaps, quite puzzling to those Osage less experienced in our "old ways" belonging to the Big Hills People.
"It was good to just be Osage, instead of just acting like Osage." "We came together without all that upidity snootiness that's gotten a hold on us as of late" 'besides after enjoying Bad Brad's barbeque, Grayhorse People were in a good mood. So most just let the winter story spirit roll out with all sorts of outrageous wants for our future."
I will not even begin to provide more of a view into these stories, as I would never want to spoil the richness that comes with the nature of hearing stories that are alive with experience. But I will tell you that "if" you should have an opportunity to talk to anyone attending (some non-Osage were there too), casually ask them about the meeting. I expect the interpretations will be a true adventure in perspectives. However please remember to be gentle as I also expect they will remain a little bit off balance and somewhat puzzled as the fuller Osage meaning of "winter stories" sets in.
The joys of getting old is incredible because that's when all the hard work in life begins to pay off, allowing the real joys of Osage Life to begin.
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