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The Midnight Toker

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The chant/chop was originally a Florida State Seminole tradition.

They got permission to do the chant along with Chief Osceola on a horse with the flaming spear thrown into the ground. They got permission from the Seminole Nation. The Chief was a student much like Ralphies Handlers.

The Atlanta Braves fans copied the chant/chop in the 90s.

The Braves (going all the way back to their Milwaukee days in the 50s) used to have a white man dressed up as an Indian chief. He had his own teepee in the outfield beyond the left field fence. When the Braves (Hank Aaron, Eddie Matthews, etc), hit a dinger, he would come out to do a Home Run Dance and whoop it up. He was called Chief Noc-a-Homa. (get it?). They stopped doing that years ago after a request not to.

The Eastern Cherokee Nation has approved them doing the chant. It's all in fun they say. The Western Cherokee, based in Oklahoma has mildly protested it.

It's meant to be a cheer, not a slight. Braves is an honorable name in that it shows respect, unlike the Washington Redskins name.
[Post edited by The Midnight Toker at 10/31/2021 9:56PM]

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Posted: 10/31/2021 at 9:54PM


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