The red-and-white-striped, pontoon-styled sled fit nearly all 16 girls from the Kiowa tribe inside. Even better, the so-called 'Kiowa Kane' had the farthest run, going 10 yards farther than its closest competitor, down the hill at Melas Park in Mount Prospect.
All eight tribes in the Mountain nation brought their sled entries to the morning competition, including members of the Osage tribe from Mount Prospect, who hosted the event, and brought their creation that looked like a pirate ship.
The winter sled races stretch back more than 20 years in the program, with Indian princesses and their dads working together to create a winning sled, using nothing more than cardboard, duct tape, liquid nails and paint.
Other entries ranged from the Zuni tribe from Prospect Heights with their teepee-shaped sled, to the most elaborate of the day, a monster truck model, made by the Ottawa tribe from Arlington Heights.
This article mentions five "tribes." I trust the "princesses" could tell us something basic about the tribes they belong to. For instance, which state they're located in.
But I wonder if they could pass a simple quiz on their tribes' cultures. For instance, the one below. Match the tribe and the cultural reference:
c. Oil wealth
d. N. Scott Momaday
I expect all my knowledgeable Newspaper Rock readers would score 100% on this quiz. If not, hit the books or the search engines!
I don't know much about this "Indian princess" organization. It could be the same one on Facebook or a similar group. But the organization is misguided from the start, since Indians basically didn't have princesses. No doubt it has phony titles and rituals like the Y-Indian Guides and the Boy Scouts' Tribe of Mic-O-Say.
Below: "It's so much fun to stereotype Indians! Whee!"