Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Getting Sense: The Osages and Their Missionaries

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Getting Sense: The Osages and Their Missionaries

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Getting Sense: The Osages and Their Missionaries. By James D. White. (sa, Oklahoma: Sarto Press. 1997. Pp. vii, 389. Paperback.)

In his valuable work Getting Sense: The Osages and Their Missionaries, James White traces the history of the Catholic mission to the Osage Native Americans. At the start of his book he identifies a mystery or paradox concerning the Osages: they asked for Catholic missionaries but were reluctant to convert. White begins his book with a useful and concise summary of the history and religion of the Osage Native Americans to the 1870's. In this summary he covers the Osages' contacts with missionaries and provides an insightful account of the Osages' political, economic, and religious history.

White then discusses the effects of President Grant's Peace Policy on the Osage Mission. Under the terms of the Peace Policy, the Department of the Interior gave the Quakers the exclusive right to evangelize the Osages despite the fact that the Catholics had a historic relationship with them and that the Osages requested Catholic missionaries for their tribe. White suggests that many of the full-blood Osages may have preferred the Catholic missionaries to the Quakers not for religious reasons, but rather because the Catholics were not as strict as the Quakers and because the Osages opposed a Protestant government agent who they believed wasted their tribal funds. …

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