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It was winter and it was cold when the Old Man entered the Lodge and placed a folded trade blanket on a well worn buffalo hide on the floor of the lodge.

The air in the Lodge felt good, warmed and scented by the cedar wood that the fire builder left. The fire builder’s name is Do Tah and the Old Man appreciated him. The Old Man knows he can rely on Do Tah.

Seeing the young man named Do Tah always caused the Old Man to think of the young man’s father who was a lifelong friend of the Old Man.

While the evening was cold there was no wind blowing out there. “That is good,” Do tah thought. The stillness of the night allowed the man’s voice to be clearly heard when calling out the news to those who lived in the Village, and that news was that five young Osages are coming to the Lodge of the Old Man whose name was Mu’n tse no pah, and he was a man of great knowledge. The purpose of their coming was to take the first steps of their lifelong effort to learn the many teachings and wisdom found in the organization of the structure of the Clans.

Soon the man named Do Tah came through the entrance of the Lodge followed by the five young boys. Each of the young boys carried a trade blanket that was folded to make a square pad to sit on.

The Old Man repeated the name of each of the five young boys and he welcomed them. The young boys who had been told since birth this day would come, were eager to begin learning the history and teachings of the Wah sha she, the Osage People.

They sat in a small half circle with each of the young boys facing the Old Man called Mu’n tse no pah. 

Spread out in front of the five young boys Mu’n tse no pah had ten eagle feathers laid out on the buffalo hide.

The Old Man Mu’n tse no pah began by picking up one of the eagle feathers. He held the eagle feather before his young students and told the five young boys what each of the feathers represented.

It took the entire evening to cover the ten eagle feathers meanings, and the Old Man Mu’n tse no pah told the five young boys that the evening was just the beginning of a lifelong learning experience that would include an understanding of Wa ko’n tah, the one who created all things. And, it would give meaning to the Sun, Moon, the Stars, the Water, the Land and the many plants of the Earth. 

Mu’n tse no pah watched the five young children as they left his lodge and he had a good feeling. It was a feeling that the People known as Wah sha she would be in good hands.