Osage - (Wazhazhe)
When the European first met the Wazhazhe, they translated, using rough French phonetics, the name of one division of the tribe, the Wazhazhe, into the word "Osage." Osage has been the name that the European-Americans have used to identify the tribe. The Wazhazhe also called themselves by their ancient name, NiuKonska, which may be translated as "Little Ones of the Middle Waters." The traditional history of the Wazhazhe places them in the great Mississippian culture that lay astride the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers in the center of North America that existed for millenia before the coming of the Europeans.
The Osage Tribe Official Site of the Osage tribe