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On February 21, 2007, Chief Illiniwek made his last
appearance as the official symbol of the University of Illinois. During
halftime of the men's basketball game against Michigan, the Chief danced
and inspired more than 16,000 orange-clad fans at Assembly Hall,
leading to an emotional and long standing ovation that signaled the end
of an era for Fighting Illini supporters. Chief Illiniwek: A Tribute to
an Illinois Tradition celebrates the history of the Chief, from his
first performance on October 30, 1926, in Philadelphia, to his stirring,
memorable, and tear-filled final appearance in Champaign. Packed with
full-color photos detailing the many individuals to portray the Chief,
the different costumes that have been used, and the dance that thrilled
Illinois fans at major sporting events for parts of nine decades, this
unique hardcover book is the perfect way to remember and honor a symbol
that celebrated the Native American heritage of the state of
Illinois.

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