Wyandotte Nation tribal citizen Sheldon Jackson, of Watts, Okla., will appear on an episode of the Discovery Channel’s new show ‘Man vs. Bear’ this Wednesday evening (Dec. 18) at 8 pm (CST). The episode is entitled “Human Kannonball.”
According to a press release from the show, for thousands of years, grizzly bears have stood at the top of the evolutionary food chain with unchallenged dominance. Now for the first time ever, humans will be entering the bear’s territory and take them on in a competition like never attempted.
Each week, three grizzlies – Bart, Honey Bump, and Tank – will take on three new human competitors at their Utah sanctuary to test the limits of strength, speed and stamina. The challenges focus on the bears’ natural instincts as well as predatory skills and actions – whether it is engaging in a monumental game of “tug of war” or using brute force to roll giant logs. The show airs Wednesdays at 8 pm (CST) on the Discovery channel.
As for Sheldon, he grew up playing basketball and baseball in high school and was very competitive. With part Wyandotte and part Cherokee in his blood, Sheldon’s Native American culture has always been important to him and his family. He grew up hunting with his dad, and learned how to make bows and chip his own arrowheads.
According to the show’s website, the competitions for ‘Man Vs Bear’ were designed around the exercise routines the bears regularly follow – a combination of encouraging natural Grizzly instincts and actions.
At the end of the season, the top three competitors with the most points will return one more time for the super-human showdown against the bears.
The series includes commentary from Brandon Tierney and Casey Anderson. Brandon is an Emmy Award-winning sports commentator. He is no stranger to live sporting events – hosting game coverage for the New York Knicks and serving as a commentator for college basketball for the last 20 years.
Casey, a wildlife expert with 25 years of experience, has lived with bears nearly his entire life. After graduating college, he became a wildlife filmmaker, and expert on animal biology and behavior as well as the founder of the Montana Grizzly Encounter.
We will also have more on Sheldon’s appearance in the February issue of our tribal newspaper.