The Osage Nation Museum recently acquired a 1900 reference map used by the Osage Agency.
The reference map, which dates back to the early 1900s, was used by the Osage Agency to track the name, assigned number, location and size of the pasture leases across what was then the Osage Reservation, in addition to the names of the lessees. It also shows the portions of the leases under cultivation. The reservation was owned communally so the proceeds from those leases would have been collected to the credit of the Osage Nation.
Osage Nation Museum curator Hallie Winter said the map is a significant piece of history to the Osage Nation.
“We are grateful to Mr. George Weston and Assistant Chief Raymond W. Red Corn for donating such a wonderful piece of Osage history to the Museum,” said Winter. “We strive to enrich the lives of Osage Nation members, constituents and the general public through education, interpretation and research. This generous gift aides us in this purpose.”
Assistant Principal Chief Red Corn said the Museum expands its collections through the donation of objects and artifacts.
“The map is a one-of-a-kind document showing the history and earlier years of our Nation,” said Red Corn. “We understood the significance of the map as it looks like it’s an original work of the cartographer. With the partnership of Hallie, George and myself we were able to bring this map home for all to see.”
The Osage Museum is located in historic Pawhuska, the capital of the Osage Nation. The first tribal museum opened in May 1938. The exhibits on display convey the story of the Osage people through history and celebrate Osage culture. Showcased in the museum are photo collections, historical artifacts in addition to traditional and contemporary art.
For more information about the Osage Nation or the museum, visit www.osagenation-nsn.gov or https://www.osagenation-nsn.gov/museum.