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little house on somebody else's prairie

Here is something I bet you didn't know: while living "on the prairie" Laura Ingalls Wilder's family was actually squatting Osage land.

the rest of the site is very enlightening as well. click around.

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eriktrips
Feb. 28th, 2008 04:12 am (UTC)
given the historical context, it isn't surprising at all. I'd guess most anglo americans haven't given it a second first thought, though.

I watched the "little house on the prairie" tv series when I was a young teenager and at the time I had no decent historical grounding and so didn't make the connection. I don't recall any episodes written about the Osage people at all.

I hadn't thought about it for a long time but seeing it on Oyate's list of books to avoid made me curious as to exactly what was going on "behind the scenes"--although apparently there's plenty of explicit defamation in the book itself, which I never have read.
imafarmgirl
Feb. 28th, 2008 11:50 am (UTC)
I read the books as a kid, but I was too young to understand the Native American dynamic.

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