Native American Technology and Art
Atsina Indians of Montana, Mono Indians of California, as well
as the Oglala Dakota Indians use a knuckle or knee bone as a buzzer.
Flat buzzers of wood are often engraved or painted with designs
which create new patterns seen when they toy spins. The buzzer
game is undoubtedly ancient in origin; prehistoric disks of stone
or pottery with two perforations are not uncommon finds for archaeologists
working in the Northeastern Woodlands. When properly spinning,
the buzzers make a sound similar to the sound of the wind sighing.
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The buzzer is an amusement as
well as a game of skill for Native American children across North
America. Usually made of a flat piece of wood, pottery, gourd
or bone. A buzzer ranges in diameter from 2 to four inches, with
a deerskin thong or twined sinew strand twenty inches long doubled
over and threaded through the two holes in the disk to be twirled.
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