The 2015 Osage Cultural Walk hosted by the Wah-Zha-Zhi Cultural Center is scheduled
for the weekend of October 17-18.
Since 2009, the WCC has hosted the Cultural Walk for scores of Osages and their
families to participate in the occasion that commemorates the 1871 final move of the
Osage people from Kansas to the modern day Osage Reservation. The walk takes place at
the Mullendore Crossbell Ranch in the far northeastern corner of Osage County. This site
was chosen because of its historical significance: the ranch is on the exact location of the
trail where most of the Osages who came to Oklahoma from Kansas first crossed over
into Osage County.
The walk, itself, is an overnight camping trip that culminates with a three-mile hike from
the original 1871 historic marker to the Crossbell Ranch, ranch house.
According to the Cultural Center: “Over the generations our people walked from the
hio Basin to what is now the sage reservation. We want to experience a small
symbolic taste of what that might have been like for them. We will not have the
hardship they experienced but we will have the pilgrimage in our hearts.”
Registration for the walk opens Aug. 24 and will end on Sept. 24. The walk is open to
sages and their families whose enrollment will be verified through the
Membership/ CDIB Department. Children age 17 and under must be accompanied
by a parent or guardian. Non- sages who are parents, spouses or significant others
will be allowed as long as they are registered with an sage.
For more information or to receive a registration packet, contact the Wah-Zha-Zhi
Cultural Center at (918) 287-5537 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.