Date of Graduation

Spring 2015


Master of Arts in History



Committee Chair

John Chuchiak


This thesis seeks to discover the social and political factors that explain Osage violence by identifying the geographic locations of territorial expressions of violence employed by the Osage against their neighbors. Using specific primary source documentation of Osage aggressions from 1763-1803, this study lists and maps their locations in order to facilitate further analysis of patterns in the Osage deployment of violence as a form of social and political diplomacy. The finding of this thesis challenges the notion that Native Americans did not possess concepts of territory or borders, and it sheds new light on how the Osage utilized violence in response to native constructions of kinship in differing forms dependent on the kinship status they held with different neighboring settlements, both native and European.


Osage, borderlands, territoriality, Native American violence, cultural conflict, Spanish Louisiana, kinship, social construction

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