The President, Officers, Trustees,
Athletic & Academic Departments, Alums, and
plus the people and merchants in the College Community
shoulds rally around these magnificent
Equality... Beauty... Science... Strength... Endurance... Vitality
THE POWERFUL IMAGE
To represent Dartmouth in science, art, sport,
Reindeer are the very representation of Dartmouth College
and every student, academic, and administrator
who ever passed through The College.
An embodiment of individual strength synergized through team effort...
An actual representation of current Dartmouth academic study...
An opportunity for The College to greatly expand this study...
And a strong, direct link to Dartmouth's cultural past...
A reflecton Dartmouth's rugged and hearty image!
perhaps 40 years in torturous "discovery," but actually,
they were here, in spirit, all along... since 1769
when Eleazor Wheelock received a Charter
from England's King George III,
the reigning monarch.
Were one to create the perfect mascot from objective criteria,
one would create a reindeer... and with a little poetic license
for historical, positional, and trademark reasons...
The "Dartmouth Reigndeer" (tm)
Reindeer, or ReignDeer,
this magnificent creature is Dartmouth's
proud past, present and future.
"The Reigning Dartmouth
Even nay-sayers to change agree:
"It sounds established... as if
it has always been."
And, from today forward,
there's no reason why it cannot always be!
REINDEER / CARIBOU TRAITS REFLECT
Reindeer and Caribou, (2 names, considered to
be same species)*, are the only animals where BOTH THE MALES AND FEMALES GROW and LOSE ANTLERS... In fact, females hold
onto to their antlers longer than males to protect their young. How powerful a symbol is this? And how representative is it that The Dartmouth mascot represent BOTH GENDERS... not just one as the moose would.
Beauty may be in the eyes of the beholders, but there
is no comparison between the beauty and elegance of reindeer compared to moose. Body and head conformation,
color, refinement of antlers,
Perhaps not the tallest of deer, reindeer are nonetheless
strong and fast... like 32 mph fast. And they are tough... being used to work and haul for the northern people who use
them in their work.
Well what can be said... If one subscribe to the Bering
Straight land bridge concept, one first sees that all cervidae -- that's moose, elk, reindeer, deer and others which
made the trek along with people who became Native
North Amercians ( Alaskans and Continental).
Reindeer have been critical ingredient to both
physical and economic survival to northern herdspeople for centuries. Without reindeer, there would be no northern people
as hey are known today.