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Chris Wondolowski returns to his roots, honored by Kiowa Tribe in visit to Oklahoma

Chris Wondolowski, the first person of Native American heritage to play in the World Cup, spent three days in Oklahoma visiting the Kiowa tribe and providing soccer clinics to local children.

Wondolowski always makes time to greet his supporters
Wondolowski always makes time to greet his supporters
Lyndsay Radnedge | Center Line Soccer

The man does not know what it means to take a break.

Since the MLS regular season ended in October, San Jose Earthquakes designated player Chris Wondolowski has been as busy as ever. In early November, Wondo spent time training with Fulham Football Club in England. By the middle of the month, he had joined the U.S. men's national team for a pair of international friendlies across the pond. By the end of the month, he was back in the Bay Area for a quick visit before jetting off to Oklahoma.

Tireless doesn't even begin to describe Wondolowski.

The 31-year old Quakes striker, the first Native American to represent the United States at the World Cup, arrived in Oklahoma on Wednesday for a three-day visit with members of the Kiowa tribe, of which Wondolowski is a member. He traces his Native American bloodlines through his mother, Janis, and displays a tattoo across his chest displaying his Kiowa name, "Bau Daigh," which translates to "Warrior coming over the hill."

"I've always kind of embraced it. I love it, it's who I am,"  Wondolowski told "I'd love telling them about it and who I am, and I love having a platform now where I can speak on it, too, so that means a lot."

Wondolowski's visit with the Kiowa tribe, which included an address to the tribe on Wednesday and concludes with a soccer clinic for kids on Friday, will become the focus of a documentary that is being filmed during his stay. Wondo has been active in advocating for bringing sports to Native American communities in the U.S. and Canada in recent years; his visit to Oklahoma provides another opportunity to fulfill that advocacy.

Members of the Kiowa tribe have followed Wondolowski's ascent as a professional soccer player since he joined MLS. The 2012 league MVP was a source of pride for many members even before he suited up for the U.S. national team in Brazil, so it came as no surprise when Wondolowski's appearances in the World Cup drew audiences of well over a hundred well-wishers at local viewing parties.

Wondolowski doesn't often get to visit the tribe, but when he does, it sparks good feelings from everyone.

"One good thing about Chris is that he's more than willing to come visit his people," said Amber Toppah, Chairwoman of the Kiowa Business Committee, to "He's got a very strong Kiowa background and it's always nice to go home."

The documentary does not have a release date just yet, but it promises to be a great look into Wondolowski and his tribal roots.