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CARLISLE TOBACCO CLOTH

The iconography and the texts on this souvenir cloth, in which cigarettes were wrapped and sold, offers a revealing glimpse of Richard H. Pratt's efforts to bolster school spirit. The flag, a golden-lettered pennant edged in gold, is a visible symbol to be raised high. Below, the sentimental words of the school anthem extol "Old Carlisle, our fair Carlisle" as a place to which its students will always be in debt ­ not a place of exile where native children were stripped of their culture. On the lower left, the school's motto, "God Helps Them Who Help Themselves," urges students to be diligent in the task of becoming civilized. Lastly there is the "Yell," the rousing cheer raised by the fans at Carlisle games. Ironically, the playing field was the only place where the students could claim their native identity, the boys shouting and the girls ululating a war chant to the beat of drums.

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WARDECKER'S STORE, CARLISLE, PA

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