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4/21/2003 08:44:00 PM | Jonathan

Indian Heads and Empty Heads
Class of 2003,

When your grandchildren ask you about your time at Dartmouth, what will you have to show them?

Now is your chance to order Indian canes before Graduation. Graduation canes date to the mid-1800s, but around 1897, then Freshman Charles Dudley devised the official cane: a noble carving of an Indian Chief, reminding the seniors that Dartmouth was founded to teach Native Americans. Ever since 1899, graduating seniors have proudly marched with Indian canes in hand. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to show off your Dartmouth spirit with style, so act now!

Handcarved by a local New England craftsman, the canes are of the finest quality and workmanship and will stand the test of time. Don't let this tradition pass you by.

Canes are available for $60 by blitzing "IndianCane" before April 25th. Get together with friends and save-- order 5 or more canes and the price falls to $55 per cane, 10 or more and it's $50 per cane. Payment may be made in cash or by personal check.

Now is also your last chance to stock up on Indian T-shirts before graduating-- only $10 more for a T-shirt with your cane order.

Best wishes for the remainder of the term,

Michael Ellis
Publisher, The Dartmouth Review

--- You wrote:
When your grandchildren ask you about your time at Dartmouth, what will you have to show them?
--- end of quote ---

Old copies of a long-defunct paper called The Dartmouth Review? A collectors item! Maybe if you make sure to print an Indian head on the front of your next edition, when I show it to them they can marvel at what sort of troglodytes were at Dartmouth in grandpas generation. Perhaps they will feel the same way about TDR's fascination with the Indian head as most of us (I know many Reviewers, included) feel about seeing ridiculous depictions of African-Americans from the first quarter of the 20th century (and, of course, into the 19th and beyond). How did they not know better then? How do you not know better now?

So I would just like to thank you now, Benevolent Michael J. Ellis of the Benevolent Dartmouth Review, for giving my grandchildren a lesson in what was wrong with us back in 2003, and one they will be able to enjoy heartily.

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