Bellzona's Picture Book The Osages
American Young Boy
features of the Native American is shown in this photograph of a handsome
young boy. Intelligence and calm gentle ways enabled these people to
survive and to hold to their inheritance, which was no small task amidst
perilous times. They spread their wealth around throughout the community.
Material wealth was shared by their use of the money for homes, cars,
clothing, hired help, and recreation.
The following material was
compiled by Bill J. Kennedy, a researcher who is bent toward the
meticulous. The information on Julia and Fred Lookout he took from their
memorial stones. The others came from funeral home records and from the
Authentic Osage Indian Roll Book by Sylvester Tinker, Wah-Sho-Shah,
original allottee number 1997.
Fred Lookout, allotment
590, roll number 625. Born November 17, 1861, died August 20, 1949. He was
Julia Mongrain Lookout,
allotment 591, roll number 626. Indian name, Mo-Se-Che-He. Born January 1,
1870, died February 28, 1950. The roll book by Sylvester Tinker differs
with these dates above.
Son: Charles Lookout,
allotment number 592, roll number 627, according to roll book, born
October 16, 1892, died, August 18, 1951.
Son: Frederick Lookout,
allotment number, 593, roll number
628.Born, June 6, 1895,
died, December 23, 1979.
Son: Henry Lookout,
allotment number 596, roll number 631.
Born April 23, 1906, died
November 25, 1975
Daughter: Nora Lookout,
StandingBear, Escu. Allotment number 594, 629 roll number. Born January
19, 1901, died, December 24, 1990
Infant: Agnes Lookout,
allotment number 595, Roll number 630. Died February 10, 1907.
A brief history in the way
of a foreword to his carefully written Osage Roll numbers by Sylvester
Tinker which covers a short history of the tribe. It is well written and
gives insight in a brief manner as to the Osage government. It must he
admitted by everyone looking on that they have a sophisticated form of
governing themselves. Their "per capita," basis for dividing
their income among the members of the tribe is a fair and humane way to
provide for their people, and is advanced. Mr. Tinker makes note of bitter
battles fought over determining a correct roll for the Osage Tribe.
The records are there for
anyone brave enough to read them. They marked their x and because they
knew no other language but their own they were at the mercy of anyone who
came for graft. It must have been their strength, and shrewd personalities
to give them a way of survival as a tribe. Sadly, on an individual basis
many did not live. There are many deaths never recorded as murders, when,
without doubt, they were. Writers have made the point that many made no
effort "to get on the roll," simply because they did not want
their families to live with the horror of it.
It is true, they were great
fearless warriors. However, not to be overlooked is the agreement of their
character with the Bible which says, "The meek shall inherit the
earth." They are gracious, fun loving hosts, welcoming the guest who
is mannerly and well behaved.
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