Tewanima was born a Piqös’Wugnwa (Hopi Bear Strap Clan) on the Hopi Indian Reservation. “Louis” was an English name given to him later by the federal government. As children, we called him “Loos Qua’ah”. We could not pronounce the English name Louis. “Qua’ah”means grandfather.
The story of Louis Tewanima, Hopi, a two-time U.S. Olympian, is a paradox of sorts: a contradiction between the policy of forced assimilation of Native peoples in America by the federal government, and the heroic feats of Tewanima who ably represented the United States; despite being held as “prisoner of war”; and while arguably, not a “legal” citizen of the United States.