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Jonesboro, AR -- Brandi Hodges Reports

Former Members of the Indian Family Remember

JONESBORO, AR -- When the Indian Family steps on the football field Thursday night it will be their last time.  The Indian Family has had a long tradition of participating in the game as the mascots for the team, now that history is coming to an end.

For the fans, the loss of the Indian Mascot will be hard, but for the people who have served as a part of the Indian Family the loss is more personal.

Kevin Davis served as Chief Big Track in 1984.

"It was my job as the chief to ride every time the tribe scored a touchdown to ride the horse," said Kevin Davis.

Wally Jackson was the brave.

"It was our duty to get the crowd going get the team fired up," said Jackson.

Davis said he was really nervous before his first game.  His job in part was to ride a horse up and down the end zone.

"I was up in the stands talking with the crowd and somebody says, ‘hey chief, your horse is loose,' and I turned around and saw Wally trying to corral the horse," said Davis.

These two have a lot of memories from their time on the field saying they almost became their characters when on the field.

"You look over the field and that was your domain," said Jackson.

For Davis, he was raised an Indian.

"I remember my dad taking me to see games at Kays Field and one of the memories that I have from that experience is watching the chief and the Indian family," said Davis.

And from then on he wanted to become Chief Big Track and now that's coming to an end.

"I in no way thought that we were making fun of the Indians or casting the Indians in a bad light.  I was honored.  I thought it was almost noble the way we did it," said Davis.

"We weren't out there in a cartoon type of character with the heads.  We were a live mascot," said Jackson.

When you watch the Indian Family at a game they are usually very solemn and Jackson describes it as doing their job.

"As we looked at it, on the football field or on the basketball court, we were keeping vigil over our team," said Jackson.

"The sun is setting on a tradition that was beloved by fans I think and ASU, sadly is a school that doesn't have a lot of tradition," said Davis.

As we prepare to move forward, this chief and this brave are remembering their time.

"I have covered every inch of that field so many times over those years," said Jackson.

"I'm saddened by it.  I understand that ASU has to do what ASU has to do and I respect that," said Davis.

And now, all they have are his memories.

"There's a lot of memories, a lot of memories.  But it was fun," said Davis.

"If I could do it again right now I'd go out there and do it right now," said Jackson.

The Indian Family will be honored in a special ceremony on Tuesday night at the last home football game.

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