The College of William and Mary has had several mascots during its history. The university has had several nicknames including the Indians and is currently known as the Tribe. With the demise of Col. Ebirt in 2005, there has been no physical manifestation of a mascot.
For early football teams at the College of William and Mary, as for others, the "mascot" was usually a child.
Wampo the horse's name came from the initials William And Mary Pony. Wampo appears in the late 1930s through 1942. In October 1946, a new pony was proposed to become Wampo . Wampo was the mascot as recent as 19XX.
Consult the papers of Emily Harrell Lynch (note: photograph is not online) for a photograph of a man riding Wampo and at least two students nearby in Indian-style costumes (B2538).
Indian Warrior and Indian Maiden
Often as part of the cheerleading group for athletics and parades, a man and/or woman wore Indian costumes to portray the College of William and Mary's mascot. This was common from the 1950s through the 1980s.
- 1957 Homecoming parade (P1979.1144, B2540)
- 1987 Colonial Echo, p. 137
- 1988 Colonial Echo, p. 168
- the 1993 Colonial Echo reprinted a photograph from the 1963 Colonial Echo of cheerleaders in Indian-style costumes and with a horse (B2534)
Col. Ebirt (unofficial)
Col. Ebirt derived his name from Tribe spelled backwards. Col. Ebirt was a green costumed character appearing at football games from about 2001 through 2005. (The Flat Hat, 5 October 2001; "Eulogy for Ebirt: Lessons from one of the Tribe's great fans," W&M News, 7 October 2005)
In the News
- Mascot issue yet to be addressed
- Street Beat: What do you wish the school mascot was?
- During troubled times College must turn to Colonel Ebirt, The Flat Hat, 27 January 2009.
- BOV talks finance, mascot, The Flat Hat, 6 February 2009.
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