Little Pines Game
Image adapted from "How Indians Use Wild Plants", Densmore:1974
|Natives of the Eastern Forest traditionally make dancing dolls from varieties of evergreen trees such as Norway Pine and White Pine. Early in the 1900's, Frances Densmore describes these dolls, made by Ojibway (Chippewa) people of the Great Lakes region, from a tuft of pine needles cut squarely across the end. By trimming a layer of needles about halfway up, a skirt, arms and perhaps a shawl could be suggested. A bit of wood was left at the top of the sprig of needles creating the doll's head. These little figures were placed on a long thin piece of wood, or on a tray, which was gently bounced. This agitating motion makes the dolls jump and skip, sometimes moving back and forth together, suggesting a dance.|
Games & Toys Bibliography and Books to Buy On-Line
Games are available from Waaban Aki Crafting; Traditional Toys and Games
© 1994 - Tara Prindle.