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Osage Indian Customs and Myths (Alabama Fire Ant) Paperback – January 2, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0817351816 ISBN-10: 0817351817 Edition: 1st Edition

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Product Details

  • Series: Alabama Fire Ant
  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Fire Ant Books; 1st Edition edition (January 2, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0817351817
  • ISBN-13: 978-0817351816
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,345,395 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Burns is an extremely meticulous researcher and has written an excellent general study of the Osage."--Garrick Bailey, University of Tulsa

"This book is recommended for those interested in the Osage Tribe. This is also a good addition to any Native American collection."
Catholic Library World

"Louis F. Burns, a member of the Osage Mottled Eagle clan, has written several excellent books on Osage history and culture. This latest volume provides for the general reader as well as the specialist a valuable introduction to Osage ceremonial customs and associated traditional narratives....Burns provides a great service in selecting from [a] mountain of information the most essential facts required for a general understanding of traditional Osage customs. He presents these facts in a well-organized, easy-to- read account. The information provided in each chapter yields many valuable insights into the organization of Osage culture and the manner in which it was sustained, and some information is included that illustrates how these customs were modi ed across the generations.... Burns's well-organized treatment ably succeeds in conveying the richness of Osage beliefs and associated ceremonial practices....
Beyond the general reader, Burns's careful reliance on basic source materials makes the book a handy, thoroughly annotated reference for students and scholars, who can use it to guide more thorough study....In sum, this brief volume is a very welcome addition to the literature on Osage culture and history. It will appeal to the interests of the general reader, it can be used as a text in college courses on North American Indians, and it will serve as a useful reference for more advanced students, scholars, and teachers. Many thanks are owed to Louis F. Burns for his personal commitment to disseminating high-quality information about the Osage people, and to the University of Alabama Press for assisting in this endeavor." --George Sabo, Department of Anthropology, University of Arkansas, in H-Net Reviews in the Humanities and Social Sciences

About the Author

Louis F. Burns, of Osage-French-Scottish heritage, is a member of the Mottled Eagle Clan and author of 6 books, including A History of the Osage People.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Horton Deakins on March 25, 2008
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It always amazes me how someone can collect so much information about a culture without a written language or about anything that has no prior documentation, for that matter. I commend Mr. Burns for his efforts to capture this information in print before it was lost. The only reason I did not give five stars was because I thought perhaps more effort could be put into organizing the information to make it easier to find things. Also, there seemed to be some confusion about the gender used to address to some of the celestial objects/deities, but I understand that the various tribes did not necessarily agree on all that.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JC on November 4, 2012
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Very informative book about the life style of the Osage/Sioux tribes.Shipping was very fast and I am thoroughly pleased with the book and the seller.
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