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 Veterans 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,
Of the 13 players on the Hominy Indians football team, eight
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,
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.
Im ready to get on the field again. I know we will
not actually be playing, but itll 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 films Facebook
page Hominy Indians Movie or www.playgroundofthenativeson.com.
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 Films 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 films Facebook
The Hominy Heritage Association is an organization dedicated to
the acquisition and preservation of historical facts and memorabilia
relating to Hominy, Oklahoma, and the surrounding area.
For nearly a decade beginning in the early 1920s Hominy would
be home to a professional football team.
Deemed the Hominy Indians, they would go on to defeat the
New York Giants in 1927, who just prior to the event, had been
named champions of the National Football League.
Other notable achievements of the all Indian (though
not all from the same tribe) team included a 28 game winning streak.
The team disbanded after the conclusion of the 1932 season,
due to the Great Depression.