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LOUIS TEWANIMA WITH TROPHIES

Louis Tewanima poses with his many awards for running, his chest covered with medals. The bench holds an array of loving cups and trophies, and his Olympic certificates are displayed in front. Although the little Hopi was violently seasick on both ocean voyages to Europe and was still ill during the race, he finished a respectable ninth in the 1908 Olympic Marathon, took silver in the 10,000 meters in 1912 and was now among the world's most famous athletes. Tewanima's goal had never been fame or fortune. Soon after this picture was taken at Carlisle Indian School, he was allowed to return to his family at Second Mesa in Arizona. There, despite his reported conversion to Christianity at Carlisle, he lived a traditional life as a priest in the Antelope Clan, tending his fruit trees and sheep herd. He died in 1969 at the age of 92 after an accidental fall walking home from a religious ceremony.

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CUMBERLAND COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY

A Moira Productions Film in association with Datline Productions, 2008, Lillian Lincoln Foundation