The Osage Foundation is selling its 2022 collectible Christmas ornament which commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Osage Reservation in present-day Oklahoma.
As part of its annual tradition, the Osage Foundation designed this year’s gold-colored ornament with the Osage Nation’s seal accompanied by the words: “1872-2022 Osage Nation Sesquicentennial Celebration.” Osage is also written in the orthography on the limited-edition ornament.
“The Osage Sesquicentennial Celebration commemorates the 150th Anniversary of the Osage Reservation established in 1872,” according to the Osage Foundation website. The ornament sale comes along with the Nation’s Sesquicentennial Celebration hosted at the government campus in Pawhuska on Oct. 22.
Hundreds of Osages and their families and friends attended the day’s events, which included live performances of a puppet show sharing an Osage-themed creation story, as well as Wahzhazhe: An Osage Ballet. The day ended with a social dance as well.
“The event celebrates Osage resilience and recognizes major accomplishments that have sustained us as a Nation on this land,” reads an online description of the ornament. “It is appropriate to recognize this historical marker to acknowledge where we came from, where we are today and where we are going in the future.”
This is the 11th collection ornament for sale by the Foundation. In 2021, the Foundation offered that year’s ornament acknowledging the Million Dollar Elm tree. That ornament description reads: “The 2021 Osage Foundation Collectible Christmas Ornament is a copper-plated and 3D ornament commemorating the Million Dollar Elm. Located east of the present Osage Nation Tribal Museum at Pawhuska in Osage County, Oklahoma, the Million Dollar Elm was the site of public oil and natural gas lease auctions that began in November 1912. Because of the tremendous wealth that traded hands beneath its limbs, the tree became known as the Million Dollar Elm.”
The cost is $30 per ornament and they are available for sale at the Osage Foundation’s online store at: https://www.osagefoundation.org/
In Pawhuska, the Osage Nation Visitor’s Center also has Foundation ornaments for sale.
“Each year, a new collectible ornament is designed to commemorate some aspect of Osage culture and history so that a grand tradition and collection can be passed from one generation to the next. All proceeds from the sale of this ornament benefits the charitable mission of the Osage Nation Foundation,” according to the nonprofit. Prior year Christmas ornaments, along with other gift items are for sale at the website.