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 other teams, the "mascot" was usually a child. See early volumes of the Colonial Echo yearbook for examples.
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).
Photograph of Damm-it the campus dog, Arthur W. and Leah James Scrapbook, circa 1922-1926.
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)
- University Archives Artifact Collection, Indian Mascot Doll, circa 1940-1949, in a green jumpsuit, with a W and M on his chest, 15" tall. Acc. 2007.009. An image is available at http://www.flickr.com/photos/scrc/545132892/.
- University Archives Artifact Collection, Baseball Uniform, circa 1933, Grey wool uniform, shirt and pants, with blue stripes and black trim, "Indians" is spelled out across the front with number 9 on the back; uniform formerly belonged to Carter White, class of 1933. Acc. 1990.046. An image is available at http://www.flickr.com/photos/scrc/1519267667/.
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, The Flat Hat, 2 September 2008.
- Street Beat: What do you wish the school mascot was?, The Flat Hat, 25 March 2008.
- 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.
Material in the Special Collections Research Center
- Colonial Echo yearbook
- The Flat Hat
- "Athletics--Indian Symbolism" and "Mascots," University Archives Subject File Collection, Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.
- University Archives Photograph Collection, Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.
- P1988.15: Bill Smith, Indian mascot, riding Wampo the horse, published in the 1960 Colonial Echo. Black & white, 8" x 10" print.
- P1998.96: W&M mascot preparing for homecoming parade, circa 1972-1976). Black & white, 8" x 10" print.
- P1979.1144 (B2540): 1957 Homecoming parade
- Arthur W. and Leah James Scrapbook, Photo of Damm-it the campus dog.
- Office of the Dean of Student Affairs, Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.
- University Archives Artifact Collection, Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.
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