Chief James Bigheart to be honored Sept. 28 by Osage Tribal Museum

Chief James Bigheart, the legendary Osage chief who secured the Osage Minerals Estate, will be celebrated by the Osage Tribal Museum Sept. 28.

“Next month will mark 105 years that Chief Bigheart died and it’s time that we recognize Chief Bigheart and show our appreciation for the enrichments that he brought to our tribe,” said Kathryn Red Corn, OTM director.

The events will begin Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Constantine Theatre in downtown Pawhuska.

According to a prepared release, those events will include:

·      3:00 p.m.:  A Stage Play: The Dawes Act - Location: Constantine Theatre. A 30-minute original play by Bob Hicks will be performed by mostly Muscogee (Creek) actors and performed in the Muscogee language.

·      Following the play:  Osage 1906 Allotment Act Discussion– Location: Constantine Theatre. Dr. Garrick Bailey will present an overview about the Dawes Act and the process of the Osage allotments distributed to the original allottees in 1906.

·      Following Dr. Bailey’s presentation:  1906 Steak Dinner and Auction – Location: Wakon Iron Hall, Pawhuska Indian Village. You may view the items to be auctioned at the Osage Tribal Museum. More than 20 items will be auctioned. All proceeds will go toward the life-size sculpture of Chief Bigheart by Osage sculptor and Osage Congressman John Free.

For more information you may contact the museum at 918.287.5441