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PENOBSCOT Stars & Stripes Trucker Hats
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Style: Trucker Hat
  • 100% polyester foam front
  • Wide area to feature your design
  • 100% nylon mesh back keeps you cool
  • Adjustable from 17" to 24"
  • Available in 11 color combinations

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PENOBSCOT Stars & Stripes
The Penobscot are a sovereign people indigenous to what is now the northeastern U.S. and Maritime Canada, particularly Maine. They were and are a significant participant in the historical and present Abenaki confederacy (or Wabanaki confederacy), along with the Passamaquoddy, Maliseet and Mi'kmaq nations. The word "Penobscot" originates from a mispronunciation of their name "Penawapskewi." Even so, the tribe has adopted the name Penobscot Indian Nation.***************Penobscot is also the name of the dialect of Eastern Abenaki (an Algonquian language) that the Penobscot people speak. This dialect is also known as Old Town or Old Town Penobscot. ******************************** The Penobscot Indian Island Reservation is surrounded by the waters of the Penobscot River, in Penobscot County, Maine. This large river runs from their sacred mountain to the north, Mt. Katahdin, down through the state to Penobscot Bay. It was along this river that they made seasonal pilgrimages to the ocean for seafood, and then back inland for moose, deer, elk and bear hunting, as weather dictated.They lived in wigwams mostly. ********************************** Mount Katahdin remains a sacred place for these people, and as such travel to the top of the mountain is considered taboo. It is believed that an angry god resides in Pomola Peak. **************************** Pamola is a lower god in the spiritual belief system of the Penawapskewi. Pamola was an angry god, and due to his trickster behaviour, was sent to Mt. Katahdin for eternity by the power of the highest god, Gluskab.***************These people have a prehistoric tie to the river, such that it long ago became a part of their identity. The name of their tribe is the name of a place on the river where they spent most of their time throughout the year, a place "where the white rocks are," also identified as "where the river widens." The insignia of this tribe, evidenced in their art and design, is the fiddlehead, in this case an immature frond of the Ostrich fern (Matteuccia struthiopteris L.) that grows along the banks of the Penobscot River. Fiddleheads of this fern are a delicacy, and are one of the first "blooms" appearing after the harsh winters of the region, thus considered a gift from a spiritual higher power: a reward for having survived the winter. This tribe became federally recognized through the Maine Land Claims Act of 1980. They mostly live on a reservation at Indian Island, which is near Old Town.******************In 1973, the Penobscot tribe was one of the first Native American tribes to begin gambling enterprises with the opening of Penobscot High Stakes Bingo which is located on the reservation.*******Some notable Penobscots are Andrew Sockalexis, a marathon runner who competed in the 1912 Stockholm Olympics. Inducted into the Maine Running Hall of Fame in 1989.********Louis Sockalexis Penobscot(b. October 24, 1871 on Indian Island Old Town, Maine; d. December 24, 1913, in Burlington, Maine). Sockalexis was the first American Indian Major League Baseball player. His career with the National League team, the Cleveland Spiders, lasted three years. ****************************** Louis Sockalexis became a rising baseball star in Maine in his early twenties. He attended the of the Holy Cross and excelled in baseball, football, and track. In the 1894 season, Sockalexis posted a .436 batting average and posted .444 in 1895. Handsome and popular, Sockalexis was the school's star athlete. His games attracted large crowds and "Sock," as he was called, was the most sought-after ballplayer in the country. ********************************* Sockalexis transferred to the of Notre Dame in December, 1896 but in early March 1897, was expelled for drinking and destroying a local brothel after the madam refused to provide her services to a "red man." ************************ On March 9, 1897, Sockalexis signed a major league contract with the Cleveland Spiders. In his first three months, he posted a .338 batting average. Sockalexis generated great enthusiasm among sportswriters and fans with his spectacular plays in right field, speedy base-stealing and powerful hitting at the plate. Sockalexis hit only three major league home runs but each one was dramatic in the deadball era. ************************* Fifty years before Jackie Robinson faced derision and abuse as the first African American in the majors, Sockalexis endured hostile crowds and racial taunting as the first Indian. In Cleveland as well as other cities, crowds jeered and showered him with abuse, but as Robinson did in his rookie year with the 1947 Brooklyn Dodgers, Sockalexis displayed restraint and dignity and soon won favor with his exciting plays on the field. ***************************** From his days, Sockalexis had developed a drinking habit that worsened in Cleveland. By July 1897, his heavy drinking led to a literal fall from stardom with a leg injury and increasingly poor performance on the ballfield. In 1899 he was released from the team. **************************** After leaving Cleveland, Sockalexis signed with various minor leagues in Connecticut. He finished the 1899 season under the careful management of former batting star Roger Connor. Without the pressures of national fame and racist abuse, Sockalexis excited the smaller crowds with a display of his former skills in clutch hitting and game-winning home runs. Unfortunately, Sockalexis's alcoholism had become so severe that he drifted as a vagrant for three years and was arrested several times. ********************** In 1902, Sockalexis signed with the Lowell Tigers and "spiked himself to the water cart" as the saying went. He played a complete season and posted a .288 batting average. By 1906, he had returned to his people and most likely stopped drinking or got it under control. ********************* On Indian Island, Sockalexis operated the ferry across the Penobscot River and worked as a logger in the winter. He organized and coached a team of Penobscot youths, five of whom went on to the New England Leagues. ****************** In his last years, Sockalexis signed up as an umpire for the Maine Leagues and was widely respected for his calls and extensive knowledge of the rules. His friends recalled him for his quiet dignity, generosity and humor. ****************** Sockalexis developed numerous health problems and died prematurely of heart failure at age 42 while working in a logging camp. ****************************** In 1963, baseball writer Lee Allen named James Madison Toy, an early American Association (19th century) catcher as the first American Indian in the majors. However, in January, 2006, Sockalexis biographer Ed Rice obtained Toy's death certificate which listed Toy's ethnicity as Caucasian, supporting the claim that Louis Sockalexis was indeed the first American Indian Major League ballplayer. ************************************* Recently there has been controversy over the name of the Cleveland Indians and their mascot, Chief Wahoo. Although the "Indians" nickname dates back to Sockalexis' rookie season with the Spiders in 1897, the official name for the current American League team was selected by Cleveland sportswriters in 1915, not from a fan contest as was believed. Newspaper cartoons of that era, as well as the team's current Chief Wahoo mascot, were and continue to be racially offensive and bear no resemblance to Louis Sockalexis.
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Product ID: 148275136820089307
Made on: 1/29/2007 11:47 AM
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