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Osage Foundation selling 2020 miniature roundhouse Christmas ornament

A miniature replica of an Osage roundhouse is the Osage Nation Foundation’s 2020 Christmas ornament now on sale for the holiday season.

The 2020 roundhouse ornament is the ninth in a series created for the Foundation’s ornament collection and is priced at $30 each. All ornaments can be purchased from the Foundation’s website gift shop at www.osagefoundation.org

The Foundation’s ornament description reads: “The 2020 Osage Foundation Collectible Christmas Ornament is a copper-plated and 3-D custom designed replica of a historic Osage Roundhouse. The Roundhouse, as the name implies, is a circular building and is a symbol of heritage, family, Osage culture and traditions, serving as the location of annual traditional dances and celebrations.”

The roundhouse ornament’s release comes three years after the Hominy Village’s roundhouse received a 2017 restoration in its same location between the village community building and the dance arbor. The original Hominy roundhouse structure was estimated to be more than 100 years old and the newer one is the last remaining Osage village roundhouse with prior ones in the Pawhuska and Grayhorse districts long gone. 

Prior year Osage Foundation collectible ornaments include last year’s 24K gold plated 3-D miniature replica of the ON Museum, which is the oldest tribally-owned museum in the United States. Other ornaments include miniature replicas of Osage ballerina shoes; a woman’s brooch; pair of moccasins; Osage baby cradleboard and the Osage Nation seal.

“Each year, a new collectible ornament is designed specific to the Osage Nation so that a grand tradition and collection can be passed from one generation to the next,” according to the Foundation. “Each ornament comes in its own elegant gift box, including a historical note about the ornament’s design.”

The prior year Foundation ornaments are also available for $30 each online and an entire collection set of all nine ornaments can be purchased for $230. Shipping costs and sales tax will also be added to online orders.

Other Foundation online gift shop merchandise for sale includes customized hats, flags, tumblers and a poster showing Osage ancestral territory in the United States.

All proceeds from the Foundation gift shop sales benefit the charitable activities and programs conducted and supported by the Osage Nation Foundation, including Youth Summer Camps, charitable grant programs and historical and cultural restoration and preservation endeavors, the website states.