The Ottumwa Courier

Southeast Iowa

August 30, 2013

New Osky logo reflects heritage

OSKALOOSA — The Oskaloosa Community Schools wanted to honor the heritage of the Ioway tribe in the area.

In the past, Oskaloosa had used various generic Indian images, and while they looked nice, they didn’t really have anything to do with specific regional Native American people.

Starting in the fall of 2012, the school district began to explore the possibility of re-creating an identity centered around the rich native American history.

The intention was to honor this heritage while, at the same time, creating an unique brand that will serve to identify Oskaloosa Community Schools and educate people about the Ioway people.

Enter Oskaloosa alumnus Matt Kargol, who teaches art at Oskaloosa High School. The varsity defensive line coach and assistant varsity wrestling coach designed the new logo that will make its debut during the football season.

“Over the years Oskaloosa, through coaching changes, gone through various versions of the indian,” Kargol said. “We have had some similar to the Washington Redskins indian, there are also a few different generic full headdress images, then most recently many of the sports teams had gone to using just the O. We felt that it was time to create continuity in the way Oskaloosa Community Schools represents itself through the Indian logo. In discussions about the identity of Oskaloosa schools we determined that we needed our own unique Indian, which was rooted in the history of this area, it’s called a brand in the advertising world. This is the first step in developing Oskaloosa Community School’s unique brand.”

The new logo is based on Chief White Cloud (1784-1834), who is more commonly known as Chief Mahaska, and the Ioway people.

Chief Mahaska was Chief of the Ioway tribe. He lived near present day Eldon. His likeness stands as a sculptural testament to the Ioway people in Oskaloosa’s city square. At one time, the Ioway people’s numbers rivaled that of the Sioux and stretched between the Missouri and the Mississippi Rivers.

In 1824, Mahaska accompanied a select party of Indian chiefs to Washington to have an interview with President James Monroe. Mahaska was presented with a medal, and a treaty signed between the United States and the Ioway tribe. After this trip, he returned to his home, as a man of peace. The things he had seen and heard made a deep impression on his mind. After Mahaska’s visit to Washington, he worked to help the Ioway people learn to cultivate the land and transition to a more agricultural way of life.

Included in the new design are significant elements which designate the Oskaloosa Indian logo as Ioway, including the porcupine roach, the fingerwoven turban, and the bear claw necklace which are all part of the traditional dress of the Ioway people.

According to Kargol, everyone he’s talked to about the new logo has liked it.

“So far everyone has said they liked it, the football team is excited to have the Indian back on the helmet,” he said. “People familiar with traditional Ioway Tribal dress have stated that they recognize the unique elements that designate this indian as Ioway, they like it.

“Being an Oskaloosa alum, it’s really exciting to be able to give back and help develop the Oskaloosa brand. I know, as a little kid, I was a Washington Redskins fan because Oskaloosa football had similar uniforms, it is my hope that kids growing up today develop a connection and a real sense of pride in wearing maroon and white, the Indian, and representing Oskaloosa well. This logo will help to educate people about Chief Mahaska and the Ioway people, and open up a dialog about the Native Americans that live and have lived in this area.”

 

1
Text Only
Southeast Iowa
  • Former Centerville teacher drowns in Creston

    A long-time Centerville Community School District teacher and coach has been identified as the man dive teams recovered from a southeast Iowa lake on Tuesday morning.

    July 30, 2014

  • Pella PD warns of recent scam

    This scam claims to be selling items on behalf of local schools.

    July 29, 2014

  • Firefighter photo What does it take to be an Oskaloosa firefighter?

    OSKALOOSA — It has been said that there is more to being a firefighter than just putting water to flame. Oskaloosa firefighters face significant dangers each time they go to the scene of a fire and must undergo vigorous training before they go into a

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Screen Shot 2014-07-28 at 2.21.22 PM.png VIDEO: Dog 'faints' from excitement of seeing owner

    A reunion between a Pennsylvania woman who had been living overseas for two years and her pet schnauzer has gone viral, garnering nearly 20 million views on YouTube.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Three year old case ends in prison term suspended

    A 36-year-old Moulton man was sentenced to five years in prison, all but 30 days suspended.

    July 29, 2014

  • halo-5-guardians-concept_wallpaper-1920x1080-53cf9b0098ea45ada37dc0f66bc174f5.jpg The Art of Kong

    OTTUMWA — The Mona Lisa. Whistler's Mother. Donkey Kong? Don't be so surprised, said Walter Day, that video games and the surrounding memorabilia are being considered art. The creativity and artistic vision required to create a poster, said the found

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • County attorney requests an assistant Monday morning the Appanoose County Board of Supervisors in the Courthouse boardroom moved to table a request from Appanoose County Attorney Susan C. Daniels to hire an assistant county attorney and amend her budget by $38,833.60 to cover the cost. T

    July 28, 2014

  • CATS-DOGS281.jpg Where cats are more popular than dogs in the U.S.-and all over the world

    We all know there are only two types of people in the world: cat people and dog people. But data from market research firm Euromonitor suggest that these differences extend beyond individual preferences and to the realm of geopolitics: it turns out there are cat countries and dog countries, too.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Auditor: state budgeting better, relies on surplus DES MOINES (AP) — The state auditor in her annual review of the state budget says Iowa's political leaders have improved spending practices but Iowa still spends more than it takes in and covers the difference by dipping into a budget surplus. Audito

    July 28, 2014

  • Navy and Gold Gala photo Navy & Gold Gala proceeds support transportation needs

    The third annual Navy & Gold Gala had a wild west theme this year, part of an effort to keep things fresh and attract new people

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

Obituaries
Record
Facebook
AP National