Pawhuska’s Grandview Inn became a temporary home this past week for nine visitors from Montauban, France. The delegation is a part of the Pawhuska-Montauban Sister City pack that was created in 1991 through the Oklahoma-Occitania II Association, also known as OK-OC.
Arriving late Friday night, the group spent a leisurely first day adjusting to the time change, renewing old acquaintances, and viewing Saturday’s 67th annual downtown Cavalcade parade. They were also invited to participate in the Cavalcade’s 7 p.m. grand entry. Following worship Sunday morning, they attended the Tulsa Shock, a WNBA game in Tulsa at the BOK Center.
The week has been filled with an array of activities which included a tour of the Osage Campus and demonstrations at the Language and Cultural Center. They have been hosted by the Osage Minerals Council and Fairfax’s Thunderbird Studios. They also toured Woolaroc and various Bartlesville sites, including the Wah-Sha-She State Park.
The highlight of their visit was the unveiling and dedication of a monument commemorating the long-standing friendship between the Osages and the French. The event began 10:30 Wednesday morning at the Osage Tribal Museum. On Wednesday afternoon, the Cultural Center hosts Osage hand games, dice, song, dance, and stories.
Thursday will be filled with activities sponsored by the Pawhuska Sister City Association, including a tour of the Catholic Church, Constantine Center, and downtown Pawhuska. Thursday evening the public is invited to a 6 p.m. meet-and-greet reception hosted by the Pawhuska City Council. The event will be held at City Hall. Appetizers will be served. French Delegation members include Jean-Claude and Monique Droulihet, Gerald and Eve Massip, Edgard and Marie-Claude Strigler, Madeleine Lieutard, Ginette Borrel, and Rolard Garriaues.
Filling out the week-long activities will be a tour of the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve, Gilcrease and Philbrook Museums and Tulsa and Skiatook Powwows. On Sunday, Eddy Red Eagle will present a special presentation about the Native American Church by Eddy Red Eagle followed by a reception hosted by the Wah-sha-she Ballet.