Our Osage Hills: Toward an Osage Ecology and Tribalography of the Early Twentieth Century (Hardcover)

Our Osage Hills: Toward an Osage Ecology and Tribalography of the Early Twentieth Century By Michael Snyder, John Joseph Mathews, Michael Snyder (Editor) Cover Image
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This revealing book presents a selection of lost articles from "Our Osage Hills," a newspaper column by the renowned Osage writer, naturalist, and historian, John Joseph Mathews. Signed only with the initials "J.J.M.," Mathews's column featured regularly in the Pawhuska Daily Journal-Capital during the early 1930s. While Mathews is best known for his novel Sundown (1934), the pieces gathered in this volume reveal him to be a compelling essayist. Marked by wit and erudition, Mathews's column not only evokes the unique beauty of the Osage prairie, but also takes on urgent political issues, such as ecological conservation and Osage sovereignty. In Our Osage Hills, Michael Snyder interweaves Mathews's writings with original essays that illuminate their relevant historical and cultural contexts. The result is an Osage-centric chronicle of the Great Depression, a time of environmental and economic crisis for the Osage Nation and country as a whole. Drawing on new historical and biographical research, Snyder's commentaries highlight the larger stakes of Mathews's reflections on nature and culture and situate them within a fascinating story about Osage, Native American, and American life in the early twentieth century. In treating topics that range from sports, art, film, and literature to the realities and legacies of violence against the Osages, Snyder conveys the broad spectrum of Osage familial, social, and cultural history.

About the Author

Michael Snyder is assistant teaching professor in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Oklahoma. John Joseph Mathews (1894-1979) was the preeminent Osage author, naturalist, and historian of the twentieth century.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781611463019
ISBN-10: 1611463017
Publisher: Lehigh University Press
Publication Date: July 24th, 2020
Pages: 344
Language: English