Thursday, December 8, 2016

Osage Indians Were the Hopewell Mound Builders

Osage Indians Were the Hopewell Mound Builders

Many large skeletons have been found in Hopewell Indian mounds. With the Osage history of once living in the Ohio Valley and being the tallest of all the Native American tribes, it is reasonable to assume the Osage were the Hopewell mound builders

According to the Osage History Osage (corruption by French traders of Wazhazhe, their 

ownin one group with the Omaha

Ponca, Kansa, and Quapaw, with whom they are supposed to have originally constituted a 

single body living along the lower course of the Ohio river.


The name "Osage" was a corruption of their own name, "Was-haz-he," made by the French,
 or, as the artist-explorer Catlin writes it, "Wa-saw-see." Catlin, in his "American Indians," 
says that they were the tallest race in North America, either among the red or white men. 
He states that few were less than six feet in stature, and that many were six and one-half and
ven seven feet. They were well-proportioned, good looking, rather narrow in the shoulders, and,
ike most tall men, rather inclined to stoop. Their movements were graceful and quick. In war, 
or the chase, they were equal to any of the tribes about them. Though long living on, or near,
 the borders of civilization, they studiously rejected all civilized customs, and uniformly 
dressed in skins of their own preparation. They were one of the few tribes that shaved their
 heads, and they decorated and painted themselves with great care and some taste. Their 
heads were of a peculiar shape, owing to the fact that they strapped their infants to a board,
 binding the head so tightly as to force in the occipital Bone, thus creaing an unnatural 
deficiency} - in the back part and consequently a more than natural elevation of the top of
 the head. They explained that this was done because it pressed out a bold and manly front.