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Today, I researched a set of photos labeled as “All-American Indian Week – Wrigley Field.”
This is one of the pictures in the set with no information. I think it “stands” well on its own, no explanation required.
All-American Indian Week was a 3 day event running from November 22nd – 24th, 1968 at Wrigley Field.The event featured arts and crafts, exhibitions, and demonstrations with proceeds going to Native American social and educational programs. The week was kicked off by a presentation of the resolution declaring it All-American Indian Week to Chief George Pierre by the LA City Council at City Hall.
This is Chief Pierre on the far left, next to Councilman Gilbert Lindsay in the front row, and Billy Mills on the microphone. Chief Pierre was a member of the Colville Indian Reservation and Chief of the Coville Confederated Tribes of Washington.
What I found most interesting in the photo is the presence of the man to the right of Billy Mills. The man is a famous actor named “Iron Eyes” Cody, who appeared in films and TV shows, but was most famous of his “Crying Indian” commercial during the early 1970s, wherein he portrays an American Indian shedding a tear over the littering of trash on land and rivers.
Iron Eyes Cody was actually of Italian descent. His real name was Espera Oscar de Cort. I found it interesting that an actor, who was known for portraying a Native American on screen, but was actually Italian in real life, would participate as an American Indian in the festivities and at City Hall.
I discovered that Iron Eyes Cody had actually adopted the Native American heritage as his own, marrying a Native American woman, adopting 2 Native American children, and even championing and becoming a spokesperson for Native American causes. His impact was such that the Hollywood Native American community acknowledged his contributions through his portrayals and his support of important causes, explaining that though he was not a Native American by birth, his deeds more than spoke to his devotion to the community.
Just one more pic of the lasso cowboy with his dogs before I go…