8 Cherokees to be in Hominy Indians documentary

BY JAMI MURPHY
Former Reporter
12/05/2012 08:29 AM
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Pictured is the team of actors to portray the Hominy Indians football team from the 1920s. Bottom row, from left to right, are Tyler Miller (Ponca), Johnny Murphy (Cherokee), Stacey Nofire (Cherokee), Cayle Shambaugh (Cherokee) and Trent Phillips (Cherokee). Top row, from left to right, are Bobby Robedeaux (Ponca Pawnee and Otoe-Missouria), Kyle Shambaugh (Cherokee), Kiah Smith (Cherokee), Nick Rabbit (Cherokee), Steven Poe (Muscogee Creek) and John Patterson (Osage). JAMI CUSTER/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
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Coach and Caddo citizen Wade Weller, wearing sunglasses, talks to the actors portraying the Hominy Indians football team while in a huddle on Dec. 2 in Tulsa, Okla. JAMI CUSTER/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
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Actors portraying the Hominy Indians football listen to coach and Caddo citizen Wade Weller talk about a play that will be featured in the upcoming documentary “Playground of the Native Son.” JAMI CUSTER/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
TULSA, Okla. – Eight Cherokee Nation citizens will portray members of the Hominy Indians football team from the 1920s in the documentary “Playground of the Native Son,” which was expected to begin filming in December.

All actors portraying football players held their first meeting and practice on Dec. 2 at Veteran’s Park.

The movie is based on the story of the 1925 Hominy Indians professional football team and is a project of independent film producer Celia Xavier and Fully Funded Films.

Overall, 13 Native Americans men got fitted for uniforms and met Xavier and coach Wade Weller (Caddo), who will teach the plays that will be used in the film.

“We wanted to put the players in the positions and teach them the offense and defense plays that they ran back in that day and do a team fitting for the uniforms and get team pictures,” Weller said.

Of the 13 players on the Hominy Indians football team, eight are Cherokee.

CN citizen Kiah Smith, who will portray one of the players, said he wrote a paper on Haskell football in the 1920s, which included the Hominy Indians story.

“Anything positive that we can show our young Native kids how working together can make us successful is always good,” he said.

CN citizen Johnny Murphy said he was interested in the movie because other than it featuring an “awesome story about Native Americans” he was excited about playing football again.

“I’m ready to get on the field again. I know we will not actually be playing, but it’ll be pretty cool to suit up and what a great experience this will be,” he said.

The team was expected to have dress rehearsal of the plays in mid-December with filming beginning later in the month. However, Xavier said they are still casting for the film.

“We need a coach who will give the halftime speech in the movie,” Xavier said. “We also have a couple speaking parts that we need to cast and production assistants.”

People interested in the movie for a part, whether speaking or as extras, need to visit the Facebook page at film’s Facebook page Hominy Indians Movie or www.playgroundofthenativeson.com.

According to a press release, the documentary has received an arts grant from the Osage Nation Foundation. However, donations can be made through the Osage Nation Foundation for the filming of the documentary, the release states.

The Osage Nation Foundation, which has contributed some to the film, will be taking donations on Fully Funded Film’s behalf. To donate by mail, make checks payable to Osage Nation Foundation and care of Playground to P.O. Box 92777, Southlake, TX 76092. To donate to the documentary by phone, call (405) 415-0383 and use a credit card.

The Osage Nation Foundation is a nonprofit organization that promotes the development of the Osage reservation and the communities influenced by the Osage Nation. Anyone with information or memorabilia about the team can contact Xavier at the film’s Facebook page.

jami-custer@cherokee.org


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ᏣᎳᎩ

ᏔᎵᏏᎢ,ᎣᎦᎳᎰᎹ.- ᏧᏁᎳ ᎢᏯᏂᎢ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎠᏁᎳ ᏙᏛᎾᏁᎶᏂ ᏁᏩᏗ ᎠᏂᏴᏫᏯᎢ ᎠᎾᏴᏖᏍᎩ ᎠᎾᎳᏍᎦᎵᏍᎩ 1920s ᏣᏁᎧᎮᎢ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏛᎾᏤᎸᏂ ᎾᎿ ᏛᏓᏛᏴᎳᏔᏂ “ᏧᎾᏁᎶᏗᎢ ᎠᏁᎯᏴ ᎤᏁᏥ,” ᎥᏍᎩᏱ ᎧᎸᎢ ᎠᎾᏛᏴᎳᏗᏍᎨᏍᏗ .

ᏂᎦᏓᏃ ᎠᎾᏛᏁᎵᏍᎩ ᎠᎾᏴᏖᏍᎩ ᎠᎾᎳᏍᎦᎵᏍᎩ ᎢᎬᏱᎢ ᏚᎾᏠᏎᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎤᎾᎵᎩᏌᏁᎢ ᎾᎯᏳ ᎥᏍᎩᏱ 2 ᎥᎿ ᎠᏂᏲᏍᎩᎢ ᎤᎾᏛᏁᎵᏗᎢ. ᎾᏃ ᏗᏛᏴᎳᏙᏗ ᎧᏃᎮᎭ ᎤᏠᏱᏊ 1925 ᏥᎨᏒᎢ ᏄᎾᏛᏁᎸᎢ ᏁᏩᏛ ᎠᏂᏴᏫᏯᎢ ᏫᏓᎾᏤᏢᎢ ᎠᎾᏯᏅᏤᏍᎩ ᎠᎾᎳᏍᎦᎵᏍᎩ ᎠᎾᏁᏦᏍᎩ ᎤᎾᏓᏡᎬᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎯᎠ ᎬᏍᏓᏩᏛᏍᏗ ᎤᏤᎵᏓᎭ ᏗᏓᏟᎶᏍᏗᏍᎩ Celia Xavier ᎠᎴ ᎧᎵᏬᎯ ᎠᏓᏁᏢᏅᎢ ᏗᏓᏴᎳᏗᏍᎩ.

ᏂᎦᎥᏊᏃ, 13 ᎠᏁᎯᏴᎢ ᎠᎹᏰᎵ ᎠᏁᎯ ᎠᏂᏍᎦᏯ ᏧᎾᎿᏬᏍᏗ ᏧᏂᏰᏫᏍᏗᎢ ᏕᎨᎦᏟᎶᎥᎢ ᎠᎴ Xavier ᎠᎴ ᏧᏓᏘᎿᎢ Wade Weller (Caddo), ᎾᏍᎩ ᏙᎦᎨᏲᏂ ᎢᏳᎾᏛᏁᏗ ᎤᎾᏁᏦᏗᎢ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏙᏛᏅᏔᏂ ᎥᎿ ᏓᎾᏟᎶᏍᏔᏅᎢ.

ᎣᎦᏚᎵᎲᏃ ᏙᏥᎪᏗᎢ ᏗᎾᏁᎶᎲᏍᎩ ᎥᎿᎢ ᎠᎴ ᏦᏤᏲᏗᎢ ᏧᏂᎦᏘᎴᏍᏗᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏂᎭᎷᎩᏍᏗᎢ ᏗᏁᎶᏙᏗᎢ ᎤᏠᏱ ᏥᎾᎾᏛᏁᎲᎢ ᎾᎯᏳᏥᎨᏒᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎤᎾᏓᏡᎩ ᏧᏂᏖᏆᎶᏍᏗᎢ ᎠᎴ ᏗᎨᎦᏟᎶᏍᏙᏗᎢ ᎤᎾᏓᏡᎬᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ Weller. ᏕᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ 13 ᎢᏯᏂᎢ ᏗᎾᏁᎶᎲᏍᎩ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏁᏩᏗ ᎠᏂᎬᏫᏯᎢ ᎤᎾᏓᏡᎬᎢ ᎠᎾᏯᏅᏖᏍᎩ ᎠᎳᏍᎦᎵᏗ ᏧᏁᎳ ᎢᏯᏂᎢ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ. ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎨᎳ Kiah Smith,ᎾᏍᎩ ᏌᏉ ᏗᏁᎶᎲᏍᎩ ᎾᎯᏳᎢ ᏤᎮᎢ ᏛᏤᎸᏂ, ᎢᎧᏃᎮᎭ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏬᏪᎳᏅᎢ ᎪᏪᎵ ᎧᏃᎮᏍᎩ Haskell ᎠᎾᏴᏖᏍᎩ ᎠᎳᏍᎦᏟᏗ 1920s, ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎠᏠᏯᏍᏗ ᏁᏩᏗ ᎠᏂᏴᏫᏯᎢ ᎧᏃᎮᏢᏍᎩ.

ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᎣᏍᏓ ᏱᎦᎵᏍᏗᏍᎩ ᎬᏂᎨᏒᎢ ᏂᏙᏨᏁᏗᎢ ᏗᎾᏛᏍᎩ ᎠᏁᎯᏯᎢ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ ᏄᏍᏛᎢ ᏌᏉ ᏗᎦᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎢᎦᏓᎵᏁᎯᏛᎢ ᎠᎴ ᏂᎪᎯᎸᎢ ᎣᏍᏓ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ. ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎨᎳ Johnny Murphy ᎢᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ ᎤᎦᏛᏓᏁᎲᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏓᏴᎳᏛᏍᎩ ᏅᏗᎦᎵᏍᏙᏗᏍᎬᎢ ᎬᏂᎨᏒᎢ ᎾᏅᏁᎲᎢ “ᎤᎵᏍᎨᏓ ᎧᏃᎮᏢᏅᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎨᏥᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ ᎠᏁᎯᏴ ᎠᎹᏰᎵ ᎠᏁᎯ” ᎠᎴ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎤᏰᎵᏒᎢ ᏗᎠᏁᏦᏂᏒᎢ. “ᏏᏊ ᎠᏊᏛᏅᏍᏓ ᎤᎾᏁᏦᏗᎢ ᎠᏇᏓᏍᏗᎢ. ᎠᏆᏅᏖᏍᏗ ᎥᏝᏃ Ꮩ ᏱᏙᏣᏁᎶᎲᏍᎨᏍᏗ, ᎠᏎᏃ ᏙᏳ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎨᏎᏍᏗ ᏗᎿᏬᏍᏗᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎤᎵᏍᎨᏓ Ꮓ ᎨᏎᏍᏗ ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ. ᎥᏍᎩᏱᏃ ᎧᎸᎢ ᎤᎾᏓᏡᎬᎢ ᎨᎦᏚᎵᏍᎬᎢ ᏧᎾᎿᏬᏍᏗᎢ ᎤᎾᎵᎩᏐᏗᎢ ᏧᎾᏁᎶᏙᏗᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏕᎨᎦᏟᎶᏍᏙᏗ ᎤᏩᎬᏗᏗᏒᎢ ᎾᎯᏳᎢ ᎧᎸᎢ. ᎠᏎᏍᎩᏂ, Xavier ᎢᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ. ᎠᎴᏍᏊᎢ ᎠᏎᎢ ᎣᎩᏁᏍᏗ ᏂᎦᎵᏍᏗᏍᎨᏍᏗ .”

ᎠᏂᏏᎨᏴᏫᎭᏃ ᎤᏂᎦᏛᎲᏍᎨᏍᏗ Ꮎ ᎠᏛᏴᎳᏛᏍᎩ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏁᎳᏗᏍᏗᎢ, ᎦᏬᏂᎲᏍᏗᎢ ᏱᎩ ᎠᎴ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᏄᏓᎴᎢ ᏱᎩ, ᎤᏂᎪᎵᏰᏗᏊ ᎨᏎᏍᏗ Face-book ᎤᏆᏓᏛᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏗᏓᏴᎳᏗᏍᎩ face-book ᎤᏆᏓᏛᎢ ᏁᏩᏗ ᎠᏂᏴᏫᏯᎢ ᏗᏓᏴᎳᏗᏍᎩᎢ ᎠᎴ www.playgroundofthenativeson.com ᎾᏍᎩᏃ Ꮎ ᎪᏪᎵ ᏧᏂᎴᏔᏅᎢ, ᎯᎠᏃ ᎠᏓᏴᎳᏗᏍᎩ ᏥᎩ ᏚᏂᎩᏒᎩ ᎠᏕᎳ ᎤᎵᏍᎪᎵᏔᏅᎢ Osage Nation. ᎠᏎᏍᎩᏂ,ᎠᏕᎡᏃ ᎠᎵᏍᎪᎵᏙᏗ ᏲᏚᎵᎭ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏫᏓᏗ ᎾᎿ Osage Nation Foundation ᎾᏍᎩ ᏧᎾᏟᎶᏍᏙᏗᎢ Ꮎ ᏗᏓᏴᎳᏗᏍᎩ, ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏂᎾᏄᎪᏫᏒᎢ ᏗᏂᎴᏗᏍᎩ.

ᎾᏍᎩᏃ Osage Nation Foundation, ᎢᎦᏓ ᎠᏕᎳ ᎤᎾᎵᏍᎪᏟᏔᏅᎢ, ᎠᎴ ᏓᏂᎩᏍᎨᏍᏗ ᎤᎾᎵᏍᎪᏟᏔᏅᎢ Fully Founded Films ᎤᎵᏍᏕᎸᏙᏗ. ᏲᏚᎵᏃ ᏫᏓᏗᎢ ᎠᏕᎳ Osage Nation Foundation ᏧᏂᎩᏍᏗ ᏱᏂᎬᏁᎳ ᎠᎴ playground to P.O. Box 92777, Southlake, TX 76092. ᎠᎴ ᏗᏟᏃᎮᏗᎢ, ᏫᎦᏙᏗ (405) 415-0383 ᎠᎴ ᎬᏙᏗ ᏆᏂᏲᏍᏗ ᎠᏕᎳ ᎠᏎᏍᎩ.

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