Osage 100-Year Blessing Ceremony Honors Oklahoma Woman

Monday, May 11th 2015, 1:15 pm
By: Tess Maune

A treasured member of the Osage Tribe was given a special blessing and prayer. It's an honor few tribal member receive - to celebrate 100 years of life.

Her eyes have seen a more birthdays than most could imagine. Marguerite Dennison celebrated 100 years of life - 100 years of being a member of the Osage Tribe.

"I was born in 1915," Marguerite Dennison said. "I live in a different world all together."

But this year's has been a century in the making.

"My mother was an original allottee," the Cleveland resident said.

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Everett Waller of the Osage Mineral Council conducted the ceremony which is rarely recorded.

"The Osages believe that this is only a stopping point here. With the grace of the creator, we move on to another world later," Waller said.

Waller blessed Marguerite, honoring her long life by speaking in native tongue, praying over her and fanning her with a scared Native American symbol: eagle feathers.

"They say that this eagle's the only one that can fly to the right hand side of God and fly back down," he said

A native blanket was then laid over Marguerite, a symbol of the suffering her tribe lived and died for.

"You having it on you is so special. They say that that blanket will hold our prayers today," Waller said.

Marguerite, with 100 years of experience, holds the key to how to live a long life.

"I guess, just trying to live a good life and always believing in God," said Osage tribal member Marguerite Dennison.

She also says she never smoked and she never drank.

"That's living a good life if you don't do that," she said.

Family was always first. She was a mother of four, and 65 years ago - she was honored on KOTV as "Mother of the Year."

"That was television, mother of the year," Marguerite said.

Now, not only a mother but a grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great grandmother - who is loved beyond belief by the family who wouldn't be where they are without her.