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Nancy Bellzona's Picture Book
Osage Wedding -
Metza Bertha Big Eagle Married to
Dennis Homer Flynn Jones

Metza Bertha Big Eagle Married to Dennis Homer Flynn JonesThe Bridesmaid here is Thelma Collins, cousin to Dennis. Niece to Bellzona. Daughter of William (Bill) & Fannie Collins.

The earth is the sacred one which Grandfather the Sun impregnates, and the girls are the carriers of the warriors of the future. The girls of the present had in their bodies the warriors yet in Spirit land. If like the woman, Sho-mi-Kase, they ran over the prairie with all sorts of men coyotes and even some of the lazy mangy camp dogs, which the village had overlooked, then the Little Ones would no longer "walk in the light of the day," and there would be no wrinkles of old age, and "no still trailing while old, like the flight of the pelican," Their medicine would grow weak, and soon the Caddoans would come back to claim their old home.

So they protected their girls for the strongest and bravest and handsomest warrior with the fierceness of the falcon, and when a girl's proud family gave their daughter to him there was a formal ceremony.

Even though Dennis and Bertha had eloped and spent time away from the area, Bertha's parents insisted on a formal wedding and these are snapshots of that wedding.

The Osages by John Joseph Mathews



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