Saturday, July 14, 2012

Native Americans in the Olympics

I can't seem to get into a regular schedule with this blogging bit. But, I'm reforming, and will try to put something up at the first of each month.

I've been inspired by the latest issue of the National Museum of the American INDIAN magazine, summer 2012. There are several articles about Natives in the Olympics, and the photos are wonderful, some never seen before.

One article, Not Just Jim Thorpe, is about a high point for Native athletes in 1912 at the Stockholm Olmpics. Tribal members from the US and Canada–Tewanima, Sockalexis, Keeper, Decoteau–turned in heroic performances, and Jim Thorpe and Duke Kahanamoku became legends.

Photo; Duke Paoa Kahinu Mokoe Hulikohola Kahanamoku was a Native Hawaiian swimmer, actor, lawman, early beach volleyball player and businessman credited with spreading the sport of surfing. He was a five-time Olympic medalist in swimming. 

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