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Ouampi (Mascot)

 Person

Ouampi, a stereotypical caricature of a Native American, was the mascot of the Municipal University of Omaha (after 1968, the University of Nebraska at Omaha) from 1950 until 1971. Although the OU sports teams were known as the Indians starting in 1939 (replacing the Cardinals), the named mascot Ouampi did not appear until 1950, after an alumni committee contest to name the OU Indian mascot. In 1971, the Student Senate abolished Ouampi, the Indians, Maie Day, and related racial stereotypes from UNO campus symbolism. Source material varies on the capitalization of "Ouampi" versus "OUampi," though "Ouampi" seems to be more common. It is pronounced "wampi."

Sources:

Carter, Stan. "Senate drops 'Indians' nickname." Gateway (Omaha, NE). May 12, 1971.

"Committee finds name for Indian." Gateway (Omaha, NE). March 24, 1950.

"Naylor approves Ouampi removal." Gateway (Omaha, NE). May 21, 1971.

Found in 21 Collections and/or Records:

Hooded OUampi Warm-up Sweatshirt of James E. Herren, 1964

 Item — Box: Apparel [16]
Scope and Contents From the Series: See also the Athletics series for apparel items associated with a particular sport and the Organizations series for apparel items associated with a particular student or staff group.
Dates: 1964

Old Indians 20th Anniversary Mugs, 1987

 Item — Box: Old Indians [1]
Scope and Contents Two cream colored mugs with red text reading "Old Indians - OU / 20th Anniversary" with a depiction of the OU mascot Ouampi (an outdated Native American stereotype) on the reverse side. Unlike the standard "war cry" depiction of Ouampi, this variation is smirking.
Dates: 1987

Omaha U. OUampi T-shirt, circa 1980

 Item — Box: Apparel [34]
Scope and Contents From the Series: See also the Athletics series for apparel items associated with a particular sport and the Organizations series for apparel items associated with a particular student or staff group.
Dates: circa 1980

OU Ouampi notebook, circa 1967

 File — Object: Memorabilia [7]
Scope and Contents Spiral notebook from the University Bookstore, blank, featuring Municipal University of Omaha mascot OUampi on the cover, circa 1967, before OU merged with the University of Nebraska System.
Dates: circa 1967

OUampi Baseball Cap of Carol Child Wilson, Circa 1980s-1990s

 Item — Box: 2019-031.3
Scope and Contents University of Omaha (OU) OUampi cap, which is probably a 1980s-1990s reproduction.
Dates: Circa 1980s-1990s

Ouampi blankets, circa 1960

 Item — Box: Memorabilia [15]
Scope and Contents Two red fleece blankets featuring the OUampi mascot of the Univeristy of Omaha.
Dates: circa 1960

Ouampi book cover

 Item — Drawer: 1-A-10
Scope and Contents One unused book cover featuring image of Ouampi, the mascot of the Municipal University of Omaha. The book cover is designed to be trimmed and folded to fit a textbook.
Dates: 1908-present

Ouampi painting

 Item — Object: [2]
Scope and Contents Framed artwork of Ouampi, the University of Omaha mascot.
Dates: 1908-2014

OUampi Plastic Figurine, circa 1951-1954

 Item — Box: Memorabilia [17]
Scope and Contents A plastic OUampi figurine. OUampi, a stereotypical caricature of a Native American, was the mascot of the Municipal University of Omaha from 1950 until 1971.
Dates: circa 1951-1954

Ouampi Rain Pancho of Gene Sage, circa 1953

 Item — Box: Apparel [42]
Scope and Contents Red rain pancho featuring the Ouampi mascot of the University of Omaha that belonged to Gene Sage, class of 1956.
Dates: circa 1953

Ouampi Rain Pancho of Gene Sage, circa 1953

 Item — Box: Apparel [43]
Scope and Contents Red rain pancho featuring the Ouampi mascot of the University of Omaha that belonged to Gene Sage, class of 1956.
Dates: circa 1953

OUampi Scarf of Arline Madsen Irey, 1949-1952

 Item — Box: Apparel [41]
Scope and Contents Red OUampi scarf of Arline Madsen Irey, OU class of 1952.
Dates: 1949-1952

OUampi Seat Cushion, UNO Indians Rain Ponchos, OUampi Pencils, circa 1967-1970

 File — Box: Memorabilia [3]
Scope and Contents OUampi seat cushion, two UNO Indians rain ponchos, and OUampi pencils.
Dates: circa 1967-1970

OUampi Seat Cushions, Indians Football Pin, Drawstring Bags, Binder, and UNO T-shirts of Patty Bennett, circa 1960-1998

 File — Box: Memorabilia [2]
Scope and Contents From the Series: Memorabilia items may also be included within any other series of the UNO Artifact Collection, if the other series offered a more specific categorization. For example, the Athletics series contains memorabilia associated with specific sports and the Organizations series contains memorabilia associated with specific student or staff groups.
Dates: circa 1960-1998

OUampi Stadium Seat Cushions, 1966-1969

 Item — Box: Memorabilia [13-14]
Scope and Contents Two OUampi Stadium Seat Cushion of Jim Essex, class of 1950, and Syntha Essex, and Syntha Essex, class of 1953.
Dates: 1966-1969

OUampi Sweatshirts of Carol Child Wilson, Circa 1961

 File — Multiple Containers
Scope and Contents This collection includes two original University of Omaha (OU) sweatshirts with the OUampi caricature on the front.
Dates: Circa 1961

Ouampi window decals, circa 1969

 Item — Object: Memorabilia [9]
Scope and Contents OUampi stickers from the University of Nebraska at Omaha era. The stickers read "UN Omaha."
Dates: circa 1969

Pam Emerine UNO Bookstore Collection, 1975-2010

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Scope and Contents

The February 2016 accession includes: a UNO wastebasket, a UNO Maverick Hockey flag, a UN Omaha pennant, and a 1996 UNO football poster.



The March 2016 accession includes: a small UN Omaha pennant, a cloth depiction of former OU/UNO Indian mascot OUampi, and a UNO Maverick key chain.



The April 2016 accession includes: two Christmas ornaments, a UNO key chain, a UNO Mavericks button, and a pair of UNO ankle socks.

Dates: 1975-2010

UNO Bowling Shirt, 1969-1971

 Item — Box: 2017-011
Scope and Contents A red and white bowling shirt worn by a member of the UNO women’s bowling squad during the period 1969-1971. On the back of the shirt is a cross-stitched image of OUampi, the university mascot that was a caricature of a Native American, and "UN Omaha."
Dates: 1969-1971

UNO Ouampi notebook, circa 1969

 Item — Object: Memorabilia [8]
Scope and Contents Spiral notebook from the University Bookstore, blank, featuring University of Nebraska at Omaha mascot OUampi on the cover, circa 1969, shortly after the Municipal University of Omaha merged with the University of Nebraska System.
Dates: circa 1969

UNO Women's Bowling Team Shirt Design, 1969-1974

 Item — Box: Apparel [33]
Scope and Contents Red shirt back worn by the UNO Women's Bowling Team at the Milo Bail Student Center bowling alley. The shirt bears a hand-stitched depiction of a Native American in the style of OUampi. Connie Claussen and Bev Sanders were the volunteer coaches of the team.
Dates: 1969-1974