ANSWER: When a medal or medallion is given it activates a relationship between the giver and receiver. The circle, as represented by medallions, is a symbol of interconnectivity between the natural world, self, family, community, and society. The creation of medallions today celebrates the beauty of Indigenous cultural practices and can be seen in part as a form of resistance, resilience, and flourishing. Every sport represented by the Indigenous Hall of Famers connects back to the air; one reason for this is because the air we all breathe sustains our bodies.
Carved moose antler depicting Waneek Horn-Miller competing in water polo at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. The bear on the antler is representative of Waneek being from the Bear Clan. Courtesy of Waneek Horn-Miller.