Books: Osages Before Oil

WAH'KON-TAH—John Joseph Mathews —University of Oklahoma Press ($2.50).

Osage Indians did not always ride in limousines, squat in blankets among Grand Rapids furniture and generally give a pathetically good imitation of nouveaux riches the world over. Long before chance made them oil tycoons they had a Golden Age. It is not of the prehistoric greatness of the Osages that Author Mathews writes, nor of their bloated capitalist days, but of the time when, still poor and still noble, they lived a benevolently restricted life on the Osage reservation.

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