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Montauban and the Osages

the Indian tribe of Osages very present in the City of Ingres
Among the curiosities that make up the great history of Montauban, the most improbable is undoubtedly the close link between the City of Ingres and the Indian tribe of Osages. Follow us to meet a bridge that crosses the Atlantic …
The arrival of the Osages in Montauban

During the terrible winter of 1829, Indians of the Osage tribe arrived exhausted in Montauban (Tarn-et-Garonne), ending a wandering which had made them cross part of Europe for two and a half years.

After weeks of wandering, the Osages are welcomed in Montauban by Bishop Louis-Guillaume Dubourg. A collection is organized to allow them to return home and it is thanks to the generosity of the Montalbanais, the Osages saw their village again and told their odyssey. From one generation to the next, this story has reached the current Osages.
In 1989 the Oklahoma-Occitania association rediscovered contact with the tribe which joined the cultural exchange project. Since that date, we regularly meet Osages in Occitania and Occitans in Oklahoma. A stele erected in the Jardin des Plantes of Montauban commemorates this rediscovered friendship

Location of the Tribe: Legends of the tribe say that the ancient Osages once lived east of the Mississippi, first in the Piedmont region of the state of Virginia, then in the Ohio Valley.

Indian symbols in town

The land of the Indians

Meet at the Jardin des Plantes in Montauban to travel to Indian land.

It was during their reunion with the Osage tribe at the end of the 20th century that the town of Montauban left a piece of land from the Jardin des Plantes to the Osage tribe as a gift. Indeed, during your stroll in the garden you will be able to admire sculptures and a plaque signifying that you are walking on Indian soil.

The Osages circle

The traveler who arrives in Montauban by the motorway cannot fail to notice, at the “Sapiac” exit, an astonishing roundabout: three elongated tubular metal structures in the form of perforated rectangles of unequal heights, are planted among young pines. . These monuments, one red, the other yellow, the third blue, stand out against the sky with strange geometric symbols. To reinforce the enigma, an enamel plaque announces, flush with the lawn: “Rond des Osages”. Many Montalbanians have taken to calling this place “the totems”.

The Oklahoma-Occitania association

In June 1987, Jean-Claude Drouilhet, who was later to found the association, read an article in Historama. To his great surprise, he discovered the episode relating to the three Osages who stayed in the town of Montauban in 1829. He launched the project to invite Osages to Montauban. He writes to the tribe. Chef George Tallchief and Mrs Angela Robinson accept the project and the cultural exchanges.

This is the start of a new adventure!

Les Osages today

The Osage tribe still exists with a dozen thousand members, about half of whom still live on the reserve, now called “Osage County.” Its Tribal Council meets regularly in Pawhuska, the capital, also the capital of Osage County. Osages work in the most varied professions – or are unemployed – and, whatever their social condition, live by American standards.

But all are found in traditional ceremonies, young and old, to maintain their traditions, their identity and their culture.

The Osages today are cultural warriors.

Montauban-Pawhuska

Located in the heart of the United States of America in the state of Oklahoma, the city of Pawhuska has been twinned with Montauban since 1999.

Since that day, many citizens of Pawhuska, mostly members of the Osage nation, have stayed in Montauban and have had the opportunity to meet, exchange, and even fraternize with our fellow citizens.