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Folk Olympics: The Native American Who Ran In Hackney

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Folk Olympics: The Native American Who Ran In Hackney

A fortnightly celebration of the folk history of the Olympic boroughs, in story and song.

This week, the tale of Deerfoot — native American, athlete and holder of the 10 mile world record, set at a Hackney Racecourse.

“Lewis Bennet was born on a reservation in Buffalo, USA under the name Hutgosedoneh which literally means 'he who peeks through doors'. Now it's unclear as to whether or not he was a sex pest, but we do know that he was a full-blooded Seneca who could run really fast. ”

All songs are free to download from Songs From The Howling Sea. Lyrics can be found here.

Previously in Hackney

Previously in Greenwich

Previously in Tower Hamlets

Last Updated 13 March 2012