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

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