An Osage Journey to Europe, 1827–1830: Three French Accounts by William Least Heat-Moon,James K. Wallace

By William Least Heat-Moon,James K. Wallace

In 1827 six Osage people—four males and women—traveled to Europe escorted through 3 americans. Their stopover at used to be great information in France, the place 3 brief guides concerning the tourists seemed presently. nearly misplaced because the 1830s, all 3 debts are collected, translated, and annotated the following for the 1st time in English. one of the earliest writings dedicated to Osage background and tradition, those works offer detailed insights into Osage lifestyles and particularly into ecu perceptions of yankee Indians.

William Least Heat-Moon’s advent poignantly tells of individuals leaving one alien country, the U.S., to go to a good extra alien tradition an ocean away. In France the Osages came across 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 decreased to begging within the suburbs of Paris, with out the skill to come back home.

Translated by way of Heat-Moon and James ok. Wallace, the 3 featured texts are strangely exact as uncomplicated descriptions of Osage heritage, geography, and lifeways. The French authors, encouraged through racist and sexist expectancies, misinterpreted a number of the behaviors they describe. yet in addition they brush aside rumors of cannibalism one of the Osages and become aware of that “the habit of a few whites . . . was once now not conducive to giving the Indians a positive opinion of white morality.”

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

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