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Ducks Debut New 'Ohana' Unis

November 19, 2020

Once again Oregon has managed to up its uniform game. Although there were tons of rumors of new uniforms this season, that was not the case. However there are some new single week uniforms set to debut this weekend. 

The Ducks have been a program steeped in the Hawaiin/Polynesian culture. A number of players from the islands, from Utah and from other areas, joined by a wide-spread net of relation. The Poly culture has always been proud and celebrates a strong tradition of family.

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The new uniforms dubbed ‘Ohana’ speaks to that culture.

Via Wikipedia: ʻOhana is a Hawaiian term meaning "family" (in an extended sense of the term, including blood-related, adoptive or intentional). The term is cognate with Māori kōhanga, meaning "nest". The root word ʻohā refers to the root or corm of the kalo, or taro plant (the staple "staff of life" in Hawaii), which Kanaka Maoli consider to be their cosmological ancestor.

Rob Moseley of had an explanation of the uniforms on the schools official website:

“The latest "disruption moment" in the history of Oregon football uniforms will celebrate pan-Polynesian culture when the Ducks host UCLA in Autzen Stadium on Saturday.

The UO football team will wear uniforms honoring elements of Polynesian culture including family, unity and a voyager spirit. The "Ohana" gear was designed through a collaboration involving Nike – including former UO wide receiver Daryle Hawkins, now an apparel graphic designer there – and Hawaiian label Sig Zane Designs.

Black is the base color for the line, in a nod to the volcanic rock that formed the Pacific islands. The line also incorporates "Action Green," representing the resilient vegetation that grows among the volcanic rock.”

Oregon will wear these uniforms Saturday against Chip Kelly and UCLA. The game is set for a 12:30 PM PST kickoff and will air on ESPN2.


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