Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Ruby Tuesday - Osage Mural

Pawhuska, Oklahoma is the capital of the Osage tribe.  On May 16, 2011 a group of Osage youth worked together to paint a mural on the side of the Osage Language Center.  The mural was designed by Osage artist Ryan Red Corn and depicts an Osage straight dancer.  Behind the dancer is Osage orthography that spells Wah.Zha.Zhi, that is, “Osage language.”

Like many native american languages, Osage had no written alphabet and was a spoken language only.  More recently an orthography of phonetic symbols have been developed to facilitate preserving the language.  At the present time there are only about 20 living fluent Osage speakers, all elderly and in Oklahoma, and about 300 students of the language.  See a newspaper article from the Osage News.


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11 comments:

maria said... [Reply to comment]

Beautiful capture of the graffiti.

Happy RT!

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DrillerAA09 said... [Reply to comment]

Nice work.
I was in Tishomingo last week, capitol of the Chickasaw Nation. I got a couple of good photos of their capitol building that I will post later this week. Happy RT.

Yogi♪♪♪ said... [Reply to comment]

I love Pawhuska! Lots of stuff to see there. Great pic and interesting information.

Yogi♪♪♪ said... [Reply to comment]

I love Pawhuska! Lots of stuff to see there. Great pic and interesting information.

Jama said... [Reply to comment]

It's so beautifully done!

Linnea said... [Reply to comment]

That's big and bold! I like it!

Kim, USA said... [Reply to comment]

These very cool!!

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Zhu said... [Reply to comment]

I love the bright colors! Now this is what I call urban art. I like it. Plain walls are boring and there are a lot of talented people out there!

Magical Mystical Teacher said... [Reply to comment]

That mural would be impossible to miss!


A SEEKER OF CRIMSON AND RED

A seeker of crimson and red
Did part her fair lips as she said,
“A daiquiri’s fine,
And so is red wine,
But I prefer claret instead!”


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