Chief Illiniwek, the former mascot of University of Illinois’ athletic department has been at the center of a two decades long controversy. The entirely fictional and stylized caricature of an Native American elder was retired in 2007, by the school’s board of trustees. The move came 81 years after the character was first invented, by Ray Dvorak, assistant director of bands. In the end the imagery was found to have perpetuated stereotypes, and misappropriated the ritual ways of indigenous people. This dead stock vintage STARTER snapback cap is a piece of that closed chapter in history. Offered by STORE PLAY