“The spring rains yielded to hot summer days, and it was the second hunt of the year ordered by the elders. Several six-foot-tall hunters of the Ni-U-Kon-Ska people quietly padded through the prairie grass that reached above their shoulders. These “Children of the Middle Waters” – called Osage by the early French settlers – were skilled traders, bartering the hunt’s game for implements and weapons at the mercantile store in town. The young store employee who met these hunters was Fred Drummond, knows to the northeastern Oklahoma Indians as Ts’o-xe. Fred was fluent in the Osage language, and his boss “Old Man Skinner” often let Fred do the bargaining with the Ni-U-Kon-Ska.”
– Jim Keen, Great Ranches of the West Author & Photographer
This beautiful award-winning 12×11 fine art, hard bound, coffee table book featuring over 30 ranches in 17 states with nearly 600 photographs will make a wonderful addition to any home or office, and be a showing of your support for America’s struggling farm and ranch families.