Osage Nation Sesquicentennial Celebration


The Osage Sesquicentennial Celebration convenes the great 𐓷𐓘𐓻𐓘𐓻𐓟 𐓩𐓣𐓤𐓘𐓯𐓣 together to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Osage Reservation established in 1872. The event celebrates Osage resilience and recognizes major accomplishments that have sustained us as a Nation on this land. It is appropriate to recognize this historical marker to acknowledge where we came from, where we are today and where we are going in the future. The gathering includes 𐓷𐓘𐓻𐓘𐓻𐓟 traditions and cultural ways that foster unity and respect for one another in order to empower our children to shape a bright future.

The Osage Sesquicentennial Celebration


Saturday, October 22, 2022

Osage Nation Campus, Pawhuska, Okla. 

CO-MASTERS OF CEREMONY: Archie Mason and Bruce Cass

HEAD SINGER: Norris Bighorse

HEAD COOK: Heather Little



9:30 AM: Opening Ceremonies & Veterans' Coffee 

10:00 AM-2:30 PM: Visit Vendors, Department Booths & Enjoy Readings/Performances (Specific times coming soon!) 

  • "Coyote & the Bear" Book Reading and Giveaway by the Osage Nation Language Department 

  • Community Art Project led by artist Anita Fields 

  • Poetry Reading by poet Elise Paschen 

  • Special Performance by the Wahzhazhe Puppet Theater

Noon: Lunch

1:00 PM: Special Performance by Wahzhazhe: An Osage Ballet

2:30 - 4:30 PM: Afternoon Dance 

5:00 - 7:00 PM: Traditional Osage Meal (provided) 

7:30 - 9:30 PM: Evening Dance 

9:30-10:30 PM: Closing Remarks and Fireworks provided by Osage Casino & Hotel 


Coyote & the Bear

"Coyote & the Bear" Book Reading, Signing and Giveaway | Please join the Osage Nation Language Department (ONLD) for a “Coyote and the Bear'' book giveaway and reading. The ONLD staff is excited to share a Wahzhazhe story that has been circulated for generations. The retelling is based on the version given by full blood Wahzhazhe speaker Jo Ann Shunkamolah and retold by Master Language teacher Herman “Mogri” Lookout. The beautiful illustrations are by Osage artist Joe Don Brave who will be available to sign the books at the event. In addition to the print edition, the book is available for download wherever you get your apps. The ONLD invites all ages to join in this debut reading and giveaway!

Anita Clay Installation

Community Art Project led by artist Anita Fields | National Endowment of the Arts Heritage Fellow Anita Fields will lead a community art project for all ages. With an art practice heavily based in clay, Fields will support the shaping of clay figures to replicate a community meal. The clay figures take a seat at the table, the place where we share the joys and experiences of life, giving us the dynamic presence of something larger than ourselves. 

The Nightlife

Poetry Reading by Elise Paschen | Elise Paschen is the author of The Nightlife, Bestiary, Infidelities (winner of the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize), and Houses: Coasts. Her poems have appeared in Poetry, Best American Poetry, and A Norton Anthology of Native Nations Poetry, among other anthologies and magazines. Paschen is the daughter of Osage prima ballerina Maria Tallchief. She teaches in the MFA Writing Program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. During the event, Paschen will read poems inspired by her mother and by Oklahoma from previous books, as well as a current manuscript in-progress.

wolf Puppet

Wahzhazhe Puppet Theater Intergenerational Performance | This is a call for community members to work with Osage Nation Museum visiting Osage artists Welana Queton, Russ Tallchief and Candice Byrd on a Puppet Theater Workshop. These artists will be collaborating with puppet designer Chris Lutter from Big Animal Production. This community project invites community members of all ages to get creative and help build the puppets during the building workshop(s), as well as join the performance cast. Questions? Call Welana Queton: (505) 377-6222.

  • Join the Fun | Building Workshop Dates/Times:
    • September 6-9 & 12-16 at 1:45 – 7:45 p.m. daily 
    • Location: At the Osage Nation Civic Center (1449 W. Main St.; Pawhuska, OK  74056) Workshop at Civic Center on all days except September 9 which take place at the Osage Nation Museum Gazebo.
    • Snacks and drinks will be provided. 
  • Enjoy the Show | Performance Dates/Times: 
    • Friday, October 21; as part of the opening of “Mapping Sovereignty: 150 years of the Osage Reservation”
    • Saturday, October 22; 11:00 a.m. during the Sesquicentennial Celebration; Osage Nation Campus, Pawhuska
Wahzhazhe Ballet

Wahzhazhe: An Osage Ballet | Wahzhazhe is a contemporary ballet that tells the history of the Osage people from pre-contact years to present day. Every feature of The Osage Ballet has been thoughtfully designed with painstaking care. The world of the Osage comes to life in vivid color, a mesmerizing blend of historical accuracy and raw emotional symbolism.


It is our mission to bring together our community and highlight our talented and thriving artists and business leaders. All artwork must be original and created by an Osage artist. All goods and products must be produced locally or at residence of Osage vendor.

Vendor applications closed on September 9, 2022. 


The Sesquicentennial Planning Committee is encouraging RSVPs in order to support our Wahzhazhe community during this memorable event. We will be hosting multiple activities throughout the day including a community feast. This information is vital for planning efforts. Individual names are not required. Please enter one name and the expected number of guests attending with you. Your family/friend group can check-in using the registered name on the day of the event. Your participation is greatly appreciated. Click here to RSVP by September 28, 2022. Questions regarding the event, can be emailed to osage.communications@osagesnation-nsn.gov


What commemorative items will be available? 

Commemorative items are currently in process and will be announced soon! Due to supply chain issues, the Pendleton Commemorative Blanket will be available in January 2023. 

Who is invited to the Sesquicentennial Celebration? 

The Osage Sesquicentennial Celebration is a gathering for Osage tribal citizens and their families. 

Is there a cost of admission? 

The Osage Nation appropriated funds for this celebration, which will cover admission, the Wahzhazhe Ballet performance, children's activity kits and the traditional Osage dinner meal. 

There will be independent vendors on site selling goods and materials. 

Lunch will not be provided, however there will be food vendors on site selling food and beverages. 

Who can participate in the Dances? 

The Sesquicentennial Dances are a celebratory, community dance, not a ceremonial dance. All Wahzhazhes are encouraged to participate in both the afternoon and evening dance. 

Should we/I bring a chair? 

Seating will be available for the evening meal. Seating throughout out the day activities will be limited. Bringing your own chairs is encouraged.

Who/how can I become a vendor? 

It is our mission to bring together our community and highlight our talented and thriving artists and business leaders. All artwork must be original and created by an Osage artist. All goods and products must be produced locally or at residence of Osage vendor.

Vendor applications must be received by Friday, September 9, 2022. Each application will be reviewed by the Sesquicentennial Committee. You will be notified of your participation approval by Friday, September 16, 2022. 

CLICK HERE to apply to become a vendor. 

Is photography/filming allowed? 

You are welcome to take candid photos of the day. Film crews are not allowed unless approval is granted by the Wahzhazhe Communications Department

Questions regarding the event, can be emailed to osage.communications@osagesnation-nsn.gov