PAWHUSKA – The Osage ceremonial dances in June, or the I-loᴺ-shka Dances, have for decades included traditional Osage wedding coats when passing the responsibility of taking care of a drum from one family to the next. There are three drum keepers, one per each district, Hominy or Zonzohlee, Pawhuska or Wahakoli, and Grayhorse or Pahsoolee.
“The whole thing started when Daniel Swan called and asked me, ‘when did [Osage people] start using wedding coats to pay for the drum,’” said Kathryn RedCorn, Osage Tribal Museum Director, about the three year collaborative project.
On Oct. 23, Dr. Daniel Swan, Sam Noble Museum and RedCorn combined forces to gather as much community input as possible. More than eighty people gathered at the Osage Tribal Museum to offer insight and add to the collection.
“Osiyo, Voices of the Cherokee People” to air in local television markets, online starting Feb. 15
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – The story of the Cherokee Nation is one of strength, heartache, survival and resilience, and its culture is among the richest, most vibrant and storied in all of Indian Country. Now, those stories are being shared with the world. “Osiyo, Voices of the Cherokee People” is a new monthly, 30-minute news magazine-style program featuring the people, places, history and culture of the Cherokee Nation. “Osiyo, Voices of the Cherokee People” is hosted by Emmy-winning journalist and Cherokee Nation citizen Jennifer Loren, a former longtime anchor at KOTV, News on 6.
Red Rock, Okla.—When Lorena Kihega DeRoin was born near the Otoe-Missouria Indian Agency in Noble County, Oklahoma in 1915, her parents could never have imagined the changes their tiny daughter would live to see in her lifetime.
On February 9, Lorena celebrates her 100th birthday. As the oldest member of the Otoe-Missouria Tribe located in Red Rock, she is loved, respected and cherished by her tribe.
In her long years, Lorena has lived through the historical changes of the 20th century that saw women received the right to vote, Native Americans recognized as American citizens, the country enduring two World Wars and the civil rights turmoil of the 1960’s.