One of the by-products of understanding your roots and where you came from is health. So, in our Notebook, we’ll be sharing a series focused on ancestry. We’re kicking it off by exploring the Osage, to whom Stacy shares a connection. We thought this was an appropriate place to start as Tsishu translates to peace people, who live off their roots.

Beings, which ultimately became men, originated in the lowest of the four upper worlds, which Osage cosmology postulates and ascended to. Then, they descended until they came to a red-oak tree on which the lowest world rests and by its branches reached our earth. They were divided into two sections, the Tsishu, or peace people, who kept to the left, living on roots, etc.; and the Wazhazhe (true Osage), or war people, who kept to the right and killed animals for their food.

The Tsishu people were masters of keeping peace and shared the power of the spider with their Wazhazhe relatives. To the Osage, the spider is a symbol of patience, watching and waiting, for in time all things come to him. The spider often would say, “Where I am, I build my house and where I build my house, all things come to it.” The Tsishu people knew the wisdom of the spider and focused on the roots surrounding them.