Haunting the warrior village

An otherwise innocuous parcel of land carries historical significance locally. It was the village site of hundreds of Osage warriors and their families.

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June 22, 2020 - 9:51 AM

J.J. Edwards points towards the former site of an Osage village near Turkey Creek. Photo by Trevor Hoag / Iola Register

“Disclaimer: I tend to drive this places where it’s not supposed to go,” J.J. Edwards maniacally grinned as he shifted the Polaris ATV into four-wheel drive and gunned it up the steep muddy embankment.

The door handle was stuck from the inside, basically trapping me, so there was nothing to do but hang on, pretending to study my books and maps, as we climbed what felt like an almost 90-degree ascent.

We were on the hunt for the location of an Osage village that was rumored to be on land once owned by J.J.’s father, Donnie, where the native people had camped during the latter years of the Civil War.

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