This account of the Osages, a Siouan tribe once centered in the area now occupied by St. Louis, later on small streams in southwestern Missouri and southeastern Kansas, then in northeastern Oklahoma, is a spiritual one. Their quest in the centuries-long record was for the meaning of Wah’Kon-Tah, the Great Mysteries. In war, in peace, in camps and villages, in their land of the Middle Waters, the Osages met all of the changes and hardships people are likely to meet anywhere.
First published in hardback in 1961, the book was issued as paperback in December 1981. The image shows the current paperback edition from 2016. It’s not clear if the 1981 edition had the same cover design. The typefaces in use were both available in 1981 as phototype, and in 2016 in digital form: they are Rustikalis Bold, an uncredited design issued by VGC sometime between 1973 and 1977, and digitized by Malcolm Wooden in 2007 as Rustikalis DT, and ITC Galliard Italic, designed Matthew Carter for Mergenthaler Linotype in 1978 and now available from ITC.