“Indian” Jack Jacobs was a remarkable athlete. Born in Holdenville, Oklahoma in 1919, his exciting passing skills eventually led the Canadian Football League franchise team, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, to build the larger Winnipeg Stadium, now called Canad Inns Stadium. This week in a Celebrate Oklahoma Voices workshop on oral history and digital storytelling, Holdenville teacher Kenneth Ray Orsburn, Jr. created the following 2.5 minute video about Jack Jacobs. It’s a Winnipeg to Oklahoma historical connection. (Darren, I had no idea!)

Find more videos like this on Celebrate Oklahoma Voices!

Prior to seeing this video, the only Indian / Native American professional football player from Oklahoma I had read about was Jim Thorpe. This is a great example of a biography and story which SHOULD be in our Oklahoma textbooks, but isn’t! Now it’s accessible to every learner on the planet, as long as they have Internet access and the domains celebrateoklahoma.us and api.ning.com are not blocked in their location. 🙂

Chalk up another point for the digital witness program of Storychasers and Celebrate Oklahoma Voices. 🙂

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2 Responses to An Oklahoma, USA to Winnipeg, Canada Connection: Indian Jack Jacobs

  1. […] video to the digital witness scorecard for Storychasers and Celebrate Oklahoma Voices, along with Kenneth Osborn’s video “Indian Jack Jacobs” from this week. (By the way, Regina is an elementary librarian. Woo hoo, let’s hear it for […]

  2. Cool find Wes! The more links between us the better. 😉

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