Join us for a hike to the restored historic cabin of famed Osage author, John Joseph Mathews at the Joseph H. Williams Tallgrass Prairie Preserve. Mr. Mathews did most of his writing in this cabin which he called "The Blackjacks".
John Joseph Mathews (1894-1979) is considered to be one of the Osage Nation’s most important spokespeople and writers and he served on the Osage Tribal Council in the 1930s. His book Talking to the Moon (1945) is a narrative of the first ten years he spent living in his cabin in the "blackjacks" of his homeland, observing nature and reflecting on the influence of the environment on Osage culture. It is a combination of autobiography, philosophical treatise and the work of an amateur naturalist; some critics compared it to Henry David Thoreau's Walden.
Plan to meet at 10:45 a.m. at the parking area at the south entrance of the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve. We will caravan to a separate parking area about one half mile from the cabin and hike from there to the cabin. The hike will be led by a guide knowledgeable about John Joseph Mathews. Bring suitable hiking gear, camera, binoculars, drinks, snacks, sunscreen and insect repellant.
Level: Moderate Length: 1 mile