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by Roger Moore
Jim Thorpe is the most recognizable name when it comes to Native American athletes in the United States. The football player and track start from the early part of the 20th century is certainly not alone when it comes to success on the athletic playing field by Native Americans. That success includes wrestling.
From legendary stories passed on from generation to generation like the Father of the Indian Corn, to Sioux warrior Chief Gall and his wrestling match with Cheyenne warrior Roman Nose, The Native American Wrestling Experience looks at the contributions to wrestling by the indigenous peoples of North America. Even the destructive Indian Boarding school period saw some positive changes within the Native American community.
Some of sport’s most well-known coaches like Cliff Keen and David James, and athletes who overcame obstacles like Mark Branch and Ray Miller are highlighted within these pages.
Since the arrival of Europeans, the indigenous peoples of North America have been fighting to save their heritage, a heritage that includes ceremonial and ritual-based athletic contests that involved a wrestling match or two.