Last Dance [Updated]

Here’s the last dance of Chief Illiniwek from last night courtesy of YouTube. A chance for those of you who have never seen it to see what I was talking about in the previous post.

I’m very curious to hear the thoughts of those of you who have never seen it before.

And here is the version of the dance during halftime of a football game. This video really gives a sense of a college big band halftime display.

UPDATE: Sorry, YouTube stuff doesn’t seem to be posting. I’ll look into this soon.
UPDATE 2: Here are some links here and here. I can’t verify if they are the ones I originally posted because I can’t view video on this computer.
UPDATE 3:OK, it’s been straightened out. Thanks to John and Zura for their help.

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~ by Frank on February 25, 2007.

3 Responses to “Last Dance [Updated]”

  1. It’s kind of creepy. Would they have kept such a mascot all this time if their original ‘traditional’ mascot had been a little black boy dressed as a jockey? Assuming they weren’t all exterminated; what do Native American people of Illinois have to say about this?

  2. Parallels have been drawn to the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame and someone coming out in black face. Reading some of the reaction to the final decision, I have found that many who wished to keep the tradition were concerned with the tradition and were willing to overlook what message it is sending.

    As far as the local Indian population, over the years they have generally supported it. Going so far as to donate the uniform and having a part in the dance performed. It has been more recently with the growing anti-Chief sentiment that they have also gradually turned against it. A month ago they even asked for the uniform to be returned.

    One thing I forgot to mention in the previous post is that one thing they could do if they wished to keep an Indian connection is to make it a tradition in a much more appropriate setting. Such as an Indian ritual to begin and close the school year in an authentic setting. Or to remove the connection to the school year, perform traditional Indian rituals on their appropriate Indian dates on the calendar. Yet it could still be a celebration that the whole university could participate in and appreciate.

  3. I agree. It would seem a wonderful opportunity to merge true Native tradition/ritual with this college tradition which seems to have worn out its welcome.

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