By William Least Heat-Moon,James K. Wallace

ISBN-10: 0806144033

ISBN-13: 9780806144030

ISBN-10: 0806147083

ISBN-13: 9780806147086

In 1827 six Osage people—four males and women—traveled to Europe escorted via 3 american citizens. Their stopover at was once sizeable information in France, the place 3 brief guides concerning the tourists seemed shortly. almost misplaced because the 1830s, all 3 debts are amassed, translated, and annotated the following for the 1st time in English. one of the earliest writings dedicated to Osage historical past and tradition, those works offer precise insights into Osage existence and particularly into eu perceptions of yank Indians.

William Least Heat-Moon’s creation poignantly tells of individuals leaving one alien state, the us, to go to an excellent extra alien tradition an ocean away. In France the Osages came upon themselves lionized as “noble savages.” They went to the theater, rode in a hot-air balloon, or even had an viewers with the king of France. Many Europeans ogled them as though they have been shows in a freak exhibit. because the entourage moved via Belgium, Holland, Germany, Switzerland, and Italy, curiosity within the Osages declined. quickly they have been lowered to begging within the suburbs of Paris, with no the potential to come back home.

Translated via Heat-Moon and James ok. Wallace, the 3 featured texts are strangely exact as uncomplicated descriptions of Osage background, geography, and lifeways. The French authors, stimulated through racist and sexist expectancies, misinterpreted a number of the behaviors they describe. yet additionally they brush off rumors of cannibalism one of the Osages and discover that “the habit of a few whites . . . was once no longer conducive to giving the Indians a positive opinion of white morality.”

An Osage trip to Europe, 1827–1839 deals students and normal readers either a compelling tale and a novel glimpse into nineteenth-century cultural exchange.

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