Museum exhibit to open Jan. 10

Robert Smith

An opening reception for a new exhibit at the Osage Nation Museum, on Grandview Avenue, will be held from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, according to the Museum’s acting director.

The reception had been planned for Jan. 3, but concerns about inclement weather led to a one-week postponement.

Acting Museum Director Addie Roanhorse said she anticipated the opening of the exhibit would be delayed along with the opening reception, and that additional exhibit preparations would be made.

The Osage Nation Museum is the oldest tribally owned museum in the United States. The new exhibit is titled “Patriot Nations: Native Americans in Our Nation’s Armed Forces.” The Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian produced the exhibit, which is to be in Pawhuska through June 12. Additionally, the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians gave support that made the exhibit possible.

Admission and parking are free.

“Many Osages took up the call to arms beginning with 153 servicemen in World War I,” Roanhorse said in a news release about the “Patriot Nations” exhibit. “Osage code talkers worked alongside other Native Americans to relay sensitive information in their native languages. The enduring sense of community protection can be seen as Osages continue to serve their country through participation in every branch of service, in every major war the U.S. has fought since WWI.”

Roanhorse noted Native Americans have served in every major U.S. military encounter from the Revolutionary War to today’s conflicts in the Middle East in higher numbers per capita than any other ethnic group.

The exhibit examines the history of Native American veterans through art, photography and essay. The 16-panel historical and cultural offering documents 250 years of Native peoples’ contributions to U.S. military history.

The Osage Nation Museum is a premiere destination to experience Osage history, art, and culture. The Museum’s continuously changing exhibits convey the story of the Osage people throughout history and celebrate Osage culture today. Highlights include an extensive photograph collection, historical artifacts, and traditional and contemporary art. The Museum was founded in 1938 and is now 80 years old.

The “Patriot Nations” exhibit follows fresh on the heels of the Osage Nation’s landmark dedication Nov. 11, 2018, of a spectacular veterans memorial that is located on the grounds of the Osage Nation Museum. Also recently installed on the Museum grounds is a statue honoring the well-known Osage chief, Claremore.