Voici donc le récit de Blaine Shaw :
My name is Blaine Shaw. I am 24 years old and a committeman of the Gray Horse village Inlonschka dance. I am a former drumkeeper as well. I heard of the French connection with Montabaun in the early 90’s as a child and was always interested. This past Feb., 2008 I went to Europe with two osage friends, one being a committeman and former drumkeeper as well. We started off in Spain and planned to visit Montabaun on our way through France and into Amsterdam. We were given the contact info for Mr. Jean-Claucde Drouillhet of the OK-OC. We were invited to stay in Montabaun for the better part of a week and were given the best hospitality I have ever seen. Four course meals were provided twice a day as well as tours of places of interest in the region and a small former reception with the mayor on our last day. I must say that as a modern Osage I have been blessed with an opportunity to be a part of the exchange Jean-Claude started back in ‘89. Its nice to be a part a relationship rich in history that began so long ago. They French helped our Osage ancestors back then and have continued that tradition by taking us suprise Osage visitors in with immense hospitality. I will never forget the experience and would like to say that the food and dining were the best I have ever seen.
-Blaine F. Shaw-