The Osage Nation Museum Celebrates 80th Birthday

Published April 8, 2018

PAWHUSKA, OKLAHOMA – Opening on May 2nd, 1938 the Osage Nation Museum (ONM) is America’s first tribal museum!  Dedicated to preserving and exhibiting Osage art, history, and culture, the ONM has been a landmark on the Osage campus in Pawhuska, OK for eighty years.  Staff at the ONM are planning a birthday celebration for the Museum’s eightieth birthday!

The ONM will be unveiling their next exhibition at this celebration on Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018 from 4-7pm.  Wedding Clothes and the Osage Community: A Giving Heritage which will run through December 1st, 2018.

In collaboration with the Sam Noble Museum and University of Oklahoma, this exhibition will examine Osage Wedding traditions in the early nineteenth century and the incorporation of certain elements from the material culture of these weddings into the “Paying for the Drum” ceremonies of the modern I’loⁿ Schka Dances. The exhibition is comprised of ONM permanent collection objects and objects from generous community lenders.  An exhibition catalogue will accompany the show and will be available for $20.

Also included in the 80th Birthday celebration is the debut of items generously loaned to the ONM from the Oklahoma Historical Society (OHS).  Among the items to be loaned is the war shield of Chief Ta-Wa-Hie (Arrives at the Village).  This war shield was the inspiration for Louise Funk Fluke’s design of the Oklahoma State flag.  The Oklahoma State flag was adopted by the 10th legislature and became the emblem of the state on April 2nd, 1925, as a result of a contest sponsored by the Oklahoma Daughters of the American Revolution.  This loan is the beginning of a meaningful partnership between the two institutions.

The opening reception will kick off at 4pm and will be followed by Cultural Trunk Demonstrations by the Wah Zha Zhe Cultural Center at 6pm.  The Osage Nation Communications Department will be on site ph

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