Tamàstslikt Cultural Institute will screen documentary on American Indian athlete

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PENDLETON -- Tamstslikt Cultural Institute, 72789 Highway 331, will screen the film documentary "Jim Thorpe, The World's Greatest Athlete" at 1 p.m. Feb. 20. Admission is free.

The film chronicles the story of Jim Thorpe, the American Indian from Oklahoma who was acclaimed as the greatest athlete of the 20th century. As the American hero of the 1912 Olympics and an early pro-football star, Thorpe defied race prejudice in the sports establishment. He became a sports icon in the first half of the 20th century.

Beginning with Thorpe's boyhood in American Indian territory, the film chronicles his rise to athletic stardom at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School, his two gold medals at the 1912 Summer Olympics, his fall from grace in the eyes of the amateur athletic establishment and rebounding in professional baseball and football.

This is the first documentary film to tell the story of Thorpe's life outside his athletic victories. The film uses in-depth interviews with Thorpe's surviving children, some simple recreations and images from over 75 archive sources.

For more information, call 541-966-9748.

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