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First Nations tribal symbol resembling the Indic swastika.
There are a few Swastika teams out there. I've seen old photos of a local team here in Nova Scotia. Darn that Hitler for ruining a perfectly good pictogram.
they are hockey team from Swastika, Ontario. not indians
There's a short strip of 5 or 6 1920's-vintage store fronts on Middlesex Ave in Medford, MA (pizza shop, Brazilian market, dry cleaner, etc.) that I pass several times a week on my way in and out of Boston. The cornice along the front of the building is decorated with 10 or 12 little pre-cast concrete swastikas - maybe 15 x 15 inches - up above the corners of the windows. I am sure it struck the architect/builder as a pleasing little piece of decoration. I sometimes wonder if anyone ever sees them today.
The swastika was also used on the unit patch of the 45th Infantry Division, part of the Oklahoma National Guard. When Hitler came to power in the 1930s, they changed the division patch.Since it was an Oklahoma unit, I assume the swastika had origins in that State's Indian population.Or Native American, or whatever their whining spokesmen prefer this week.
Wow saber tooth owl, it isn't enough that First Nations struggle with innuendos, generalizations, and urban legends about their culture. To make a statement about whining Indians is as broad a generalization you can make. As far as the swastika symbol is concerned with First Nations, its origins is recent and among all First Nations. Historically it was found on some pottery in the south west, probably dating back 400 to six hundred years. Its meaning is lost, but its design was later adopted in the early nineteen hundreds. It was referred to as the running wheel and the symbol represented good luck. Whether or not this same concept was adopted by the Oklahoma National guard lies with them. After the second world war the swastika image virtually disappeared in First Nation communities across Canada. For your information as many as 85 percent of the males in many First Nations communities served in both world wars. That is the highest average on any nation on the planet.
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