TU professor to speak Saturday at Osage Nation cultural center

Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital
TU professor to speak Saturday at Osage Nation cultural center

University of Tulsa professor of anthropology Dr. Garrick Bailey is to be the guest lecturer for a Saturday morning special event at Wah-Zha-Zhi Cultural Center.

Dr. Bailey, the author of several books on Osage tribal customs, will speak at 10 a.m., with discussion to follow.

Bailey works include an adaptation of “The Osage and the Invisible World” by Francis LaFlesche, “Traditions of the Osage” and “Art of the Osage,” which he wrote in collaboration with Dan Swan, the curator of the Sam Noble Museum at the University of Oklahoma.

“At the beginning of the twentieth century, Francis La Flesche, an Omaha, recorded and translated many of the teachings of the ancient Osage Wak-Kon-Da-Ge, or Men of Mystery,” said Vann Bighorse, the director of Wah-Zha-Zhi Center.

With the adoption of the peyote religion, some of the ancient ideas of the Osages were abandoned — but they were not forgotten, according to Bighorse.

“Only by understanding these basic ideas can one understand how the Osage culture adapted and why the Osage have survived as a people until the present day,” Bighorse added.

In addition to his Osage studies, Bailey has been involved in research in Western Samoa, Guatemala and the Navajo.

The public is invited to the morning discussion at the center, which is located at 1449 W. Main. For additional information, call 918-287-5538.