By Rennard Strickland
The Indians of Oklahoma, a survey of the sixty-seven tribes living within the country, explains the colonizing approach that populated Indian Territory (the destiny Oklahoma) with local american citizens from all elements of the U.S. throughout the 19th century and translates the impressive cultural variety of the Indian groups therefore shaped. the writer separates the local American event in Oklahoma into 4 periods.This publication is one in all a sequence entitled "Newcomers to a brand new Land" which analyzes the function of the foremost ethnic teams that experience contributed to the heritage of Oklahoma.
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It is hard for the Western mind to grasp," he explains, "and take seriously the notion that an Indian at times could be wolf, could actually participate in the animals' spirit, but this is what happened. "77 Despite such shared values and perspectives Oklahoma's tribes were often hostile, either at war with each other or, at least, regularly engaged in skirmishes among themselves. For example, the Osages and the Cherokees fought intermittently for much of the first quarter of the nineteenth century.
Their seemingly free and independent life has come to symbolize Oklahoma's Native peoples. These were hunter cultures, uniquely varied in many respects. But each depended on the existence of both open lands that could be freely roamed and an abundant supply of wild game. Plains Indian thought, culture, and organization were complex. At the heart of it was a civil, military, and religious structure that preserved law and order, provided security, and assured economic and social well-being. It was a life intimately tied to the earth and the natural cycles of life.
Chief William Smith, Crosslin Smith, and the entire Kee-Too-Wah Council have shared with me much of their ancient and beautiful way. Many of the artists whose works are represented or discussed in this book have shared their thoughts and feelings with me. For several years Cecil Dick, the premier traditional Cherokee painter, attempted to teach me things that I am only now beginning to appreciate. Others, such as Joan Hill, Richard West, Virginia Stroud, Ben Harjo, Willard Stone, Fred Beaver, Terry Saul, David Williams, Woody Crumbo, Stephen Mopope, Robert Ansley, and Blackbear Bosin, have in our discussions inspired and informed my lust for their works.