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Old 06-28-2006, 09:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Does anyone know the history behind the Pontiac logo?
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A Native American Headdress was used as a logo until 1956. The current Pontiac logo represents a Native American arrowhead. An alternate slang term for the marque among performance enthusiasts includes Poncho. Another slang term used in the early stages of brand was "Indian" due the subject matter of its logo.
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Does anyone know the history behind the Pontiac logo?
Pontiac Logo = Indian Arrowhead

Pontiac was a chief/leader of the Ottawa tribe (1720-1769) in the Ohio Valley area that is now Michigan. He led a raid on Fort Detroit (British) in May 1763 that became known as Pontiac's rebellion and he enjoyed a short period of great influence among his own people.

Pontiac the man became a symbol of the native American "warrior" as a hero. I assume that's why Pontiac the car company adopted a hero from their own backyard as a figurehead for their brand.

Do not know specifically how the guys at the car company settled on this name/symbol rather than the Angry Beaver, etc.
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The Oakland Motor Car Co., predecessor to Pontiac Motor, is founded by Edward M. Murphy on August 28, 1907 in Pontiac, Michigan.
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Look at an old Pontiac from the 50's and you'll see the indian influence, pretty cool to see in person for a bloke from Aussie land.
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Be very careful here....you might catch the attention of some POS human rights group that think the logo is "offensive" to Indians. They'll eventually sue GM, forcing them to change it to something more "sensitive and tolerant."

An example-My brother played football for Northeast Louisiana State Univ in Monroe (now called ULM). They're no longer the Indians for the same reasons above. Unbelievable.
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Be very careful here....you might catch the attention of some POS human rights group that think the logo is "offensive" to Indians. They'll eventually sue GM, forcing them to change it to something more "sensitive and tolerant."

An example-My brother played football for Northeast Louisiana State Univ in Monroe (now called ULM). They're no longer the Indians for the same reasons above. Unbelievable.


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You know, it's funny: All the sudden over the past 3 or so years, you hear and read about the Native Americans (Indian tribes) raising hell about H.S. College, and pro sports teams that adopted Indian names as mascots etc. They want ALL schools, and pro teams to eliminate any Indian (Native American) reference from their school's nick names.

Instead of seeing it as an honor that teams have adopted different tribes, such as the Seminoles, Braves, Indians etc, they take it as a slam against their ancestry.

I have not read nor heard of any Indian group (Native American) slamming Pontiac for using an Indian (Native American) mark, or logo, or referencing their ancestry, to make money.
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I have not read nor heard of any Indian group (Native American) slamming Pontiac for using an Indian (Native American) mark, or logo, or referencing their ancestry, to make money.
Oh no, I haven't heard that they have either, I was just saying that in time, I'm sure it'll happen.....
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Oh no, I haven't heard that they have either, I was just saying that in time, I'm sure it'll happen.....
The Cherokee nation suing GM for use of the arrow head I can believe it, in fact I can't believe it wasn't done already
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