OKC Thunder Mascot ‘Rumble’ Represents During Native American Night

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – It was Native American Heritage Night at the Oklahoma City Thunder game November 16 when the Thunder hosted the Houston Rockets. The highlight of the evening was the beloved bison mascot ‘Rumble.’ His name became a roar when he came out sporting a traditional Native American ribbon shirt as part of the month long observance of Native American Heritage Month. Chris Smith (Kiowa/Creek) who works for the Fox Sport Oklahoma broadcast crew kicked off some social media chatter about what Rumble should do or wear out of respect for his Native American friends. It didn’t take long for the post to go wild with comments. Immediately getting the big ‘no’ was the war bonnetheaddress reference. Many suggested the idea of Rumble proudly wearing a ‘ribbon shirt.’ Ribbon shirts are a standard traditional clothing article worn by Native American men socially and for traditional dances and ceremonies.

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