Interviewed by: William ďKugeeĒ Supernaw III
Interview Date: 1969
Transcribed by: Rise Supernaw Proctor & Billy Supernaw
Subject: War, Fighting the Osage, & Stealing Children
War, Fighting the
Osage, & Stealing Children
|| Kugee: ... say they had, when
they went to war, they prayed to the, to the sun and to
Grandma: Uh huh!
Grandma: Yeah, they use to war, go so much, after more
Indian come, you know, every, all the Indian, I donít
know where they, the other Indian come from. Anyhow,
they fight each other when they could, arenít fighting
white people. They Ö. soldiers, you know, they make it,
they pray for sun, they pray for that lightning, that
lightning Ö. storm will come, that, thatís what they
have fight. Thatís what they use for, uh, war Ö. you
know, a lot of people, Indian, Quapaw Ö.
Kugee: They fought the
Osages one time, didnít they?
Grandma: Uh huh! I donít know where Osage, I never did
hear Osageís story.
Kugee: The Quapaws fought the Osages, didnít they, one
Grandma: Uh huh! Yeah, they fight one time. I, I told
daddy. Osage, uh, uh, after get more, more people, you
know, I guess, they, they come fighting, Osage come,
come fighting. So they went back, uh, and so, they went
back and, they all Osage went home, and so, Quapaw, they
going, slip up on them. They would, Osage used to be,
they, somebody die, you know, they always go up on hill,
cry in the morning. When they do that, they kill them
and they, they canít kill them, they just go home,
thatís the way they do all time. So, they going slip up
on them, so, uh, they all had teepee, you know, tent,
not teepee, just round, like Osage they had, you know.
So, they all around them, uh, they going starve them.
So, uh, kids crying, I donít know how many they have
around them. Uh, kids crying, crying, want go outside
and I guess they want a drink. They wonít let them go
outside and shoot right through the tent, like that, you
know. Then finally Osage give up. They come out, they
say, going to give up now. They say going make friends
with them. So, so they shake hand with them, all kids
and women, all shake hand with them. So, thatís where
they come get acquainted with the Osage, they claim.
Thatís what, lot of people, when they was little, uh,
they steal the little, you little boy, if you had a boy
or a girl, they raise them, adopted, thatís the reason
they are all mixed up like.