Oorang Indians

In 1922 Jim Thorpe teamed up with the owner of an Airedale hunting dog kennel to create an all Native American football team – the Oorang Indians. Thorpe was a hunting buddy of Walter Lingo, whose Oorang Kennel was located in Marion, Ohio. The Pro Football Hall of Fame website says: “Entertainment, both prior to the games and during halftimes, was provided by the players and the Airedale dogs. There were shooting exhibitions with the dogs retrieving the targets. There were Indian dances and tomahawk and knife-throwing demonstrations.” Below is a 1922 press photo of Oorang players and an example of how such a photo was used in newspapers at the time –

1922 Oorang Indians

 

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