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Symbolic and Decorative Art of the Osage People by Louis F Burns


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ABout The Author Louis F. Burns Louis Francis Burns (January 2, 1920 May 20, 2012) was an American tribal historian, author, and teacher. He was a leading expert on the history, mythology and culture of the Osage Nation. Burns authored more than a dozen books and scholarly works on the Osage people. Contents 1 Biography 1.1 Early life 1.2 Career 1.3 Osage historian 2 Works authored 3 References Biography Early life Burns was born on January 2, 1920, in Elgin, Kansas, to Robert Lee and Bessie (nee Tinker) Burns. His mother, Bessie, an Osage allottee, was a member of the prominent Tinker family, whose history Burns chronicled in his 1980 book, Turn of the Wheel. Burns was descended from the Little Bear/Strike Axe band of Little Osages, as well as the tribes Mottled Eagle Clan. Burns was raised on a cattle ranch within the Osage Nation. He served in the United States Marine Corps during World War II within the Central and South Pacific Campaigns. He married his wife, the former Ruth Blake, in 1945 soon after returning to the United States from the war. Career Burns received both a bachelors degree in education and his masters degree in history from Kansas State Teachers College at Emporia (The college is now known as Emporia State University since 1977). He later worked on a doctorate at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Burns also graduated from the Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology a private aeronautical college in TulsOklahoma. He worked for the Lockheed Corporation in California and Beech Aircraft in Wichita, Kansas, during the course of his career. In addition to work in the aeronautical industry, Burns also held positions as an educator and lecturer. He taught high school in the communities of Shawnee Mission, Kansas, and Santa Ana, California. Burns also became an instructor and lecturer at his alma mater, Emporia State University, and Santiago Community College in Orange County, California. Osage historian Burns authored thirteen books on the history, culture and mythology of the Osage Nation. His best known work, A History of the Osage People, published in 1989, included material from much of his earlier research and publications. Burns also contributed research as a columnist, feature writer, and editor. He wrote for the Osage Nation News and Insid Osage as a feature writer. Other articles by Burns appeared in the Chronicles of Oklahoma and The Artist and the Missionary, in which he contributed an article entitled Missionaries, Fur Traders, and Osage Ribbon Work. Burns also served as the editor of two educational newsletters He presented scholarly papers for the Plains Indian Seminar at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Wyoming in 1989, 1992, 1997 and 1999. Other papers were presented at the Oklahoma Historical Society in 1996, 1997, 1998 and 1999, and the Missouri Valley Historical Society in 1996 in Omaha. He was also a collector of artifacts from Osage history. Burns donated much of his collection to the Osage Tribal Museum in Pawhuska, Oklahoma. Burns also gave extensively to the Oklahoma Historical Society. His donations to the Historical Society are housed in an entire new, purpose-built wing at the White Hair Memorial in Ralston, Oklahoma. Burns was inducted into the Oklahoma Historians Hall of Fame in 2002. He joined another prominent Osage author in the Hall of Fame. The late historian and Osage Council member John Joseph Mathews had been posthumously inducted in 1996. Burns died at his home in Pawhuska, Oklahoma, on May 20, 2010, at the age of 92. He was buried at Pawhuska City Cemetery with both U.S. military honors and traditional Osage customs and rites. Burns was survived by his two children, Keith Burns and Alice Thomas. His wife, Ruth, died in 2006 after 61 years of marriage. Burns called his wife My best friend and harshest critic in the dedication of one of his books. The director of the Osage Tribal Museum, Kathryn Red Corn, described Burnss death as a loss for the Osage Nation, He will truly be missed by the Osage people...Mr. Burns was a good friend to our museum. He was a repository of tribal history. Works authored Burns research materials are housed by the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in the Sequoyah Research Center of the American Native Press Archives. The University of Arkansas Louis F. Burns Collection has papers related to his scholarly research, which spanned more than fifty years. His publications include numerous articles and ten books, including: Treaties, Constitution, and Laws of the Osage Nation (reprint ed., 1967); Turn of the Wheel (1980); The Osage Annuity Rolls of 1878, 3 vols., (198081); Osage Indian Bands and Clans (1984); Osage Indian Customs and Myths (1984); Osage Mission Baptisms, Marriages, and Interments, 1820-1886 (1986); A History of the Osage People (1989); and Symbolic and Decorative Art of the Osage People (1994). Item Description Symbolic and Decorative Art of the Osage People by Louis F. Burns (1995, Paperback) Product Identifiers ISBN-10 0942574109 ISBN-13 9780942574104 Key Details Author Louis F. Burns Number Of Pages 114 pages Format Paperback Publication Date 1995-01-01 Language English Publisher Ciga Press Additional Details Illustrated Yes Classification Method LCCN 95-139094 LC Classification Number E99.O8B888 1994 Dewey Decimal 745.4/089/975 Dewey Edition 20 Contributors Translated by Dhegiha Sioux UPC: 0942574109

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