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Osage members asked to take Survey on clan membership

What clan are you from?

A common question asked among Osage tribal members and now the Osage Nation Historic Preservation Office is asking the Osage people to participate in a short survey about their Osage clans.

“The survey is part of the Osage Clan Research Project, an anthropological study that I’m conducting,” said Welana Fields, ONHPO tribal research assistant. “The objective of this study is to provide an ethnographic description of the current state of the Osage clan system.” 

Fields said she will start circulating the survey May 1 and end July 31. The survey is web based and powered by Survey Monkey. Participants can take the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/osageclan2013

The survey is designed for only one person at a time but Fields said that parents can also take the survey for their children and other family members without computers or disabilities. She will also be traveling to the three Osage districts of Pawhuska, Hominy and Grayhorse so Osages without Internet access can take the survey in person.

“Once the data is collected, it will be used to educate the Osage people on the current Osage clan system to provide the Osage people with a numerical approximation of Osage clans, bands, and district populations as well as identify the oral stories, customs, or traditions that go along with Osage clans,” Fields said. “I believe it is important that we as Osage people assess our current state of knowledge of our clans; to educate ourselves and preserve this information. I am happy to invite all Osage tribal members to participate in this project by taking this short survey.”

If you do not have internet access or are unable to attend any of the site visits please call Welana Fields at 918-287-5307 to request a survey through the mail.

“The success of this project lies with the Osage people, so please take the survey for yourself and other family members who may need assistance and help spread the word by forwarding the survey,” Fields said. “Help us preserve our present for our future. Thank you for your participation.”

Survey Site Visits:

Pawhuska        May 3, Constantine Theatre 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

                          May 4, Osage Tribal Museum 1 p.m.-4 p.m.

Hominy           May 20, Osage Nation Education Department 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Fairfax             May 21, Fairfax Language Center 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

The survey link can also be accessed through the Osage Nation website athttp://www.osagetribe.com/.

To request a copy of the survey or for more information contact Welana Fields at wfields@osagetribe.orgor call (918) 287-5307. Send a letter to Welana Fields, ONHPO Tribal Research Assistant, 627 Grandview, Pawhuska, OK 74056.