Other Native American Games & Toys
- ball game played on a field between goal posts with a ball and
a racket of a three foot sapling, the end bent into a circular
hoop and filled with a leather network.
- guessing game where an opponent has top guess which moccasin
an object is hidden in. Beans or markers are used to keep score.
- guessing game where an opponent has to guess which hand an object
is hidden in. Sticks and markers are used in scoring.
- played only by women and resembling lacrosse - suing two balls
or sticks connected with a thong and each woman equipped with
- a hoop from the leg bone of an animal was set out on the ground
and an awl was thrown toward it, intending to stand upright in
- played in winter by men on frozen lakes using a carved stick
a meter long, with a head resembling a snake. The snow snake,
thrown on the run, races along the top of the ice, the farthest
traveled being the winner. The track, pressed down into the snow
with a log, could be a mile long.
- (like cat's cradle), played by children and adults using a long
string tied in a loop to finger weave patterns of animals, tipi
doors, and other designs like 'fish spear', 'bird's foot', and
- Sling sticks about 2 feet long with a notch and a thong attached
at one end. A stone is placed in the notch. The thong keeps
the stone in place and is held down with the thumb by a loop at
the other end of the thong. The stone is thrown great distance
when the stick is whipped forward - releasing the thong and the
- (like jack straws), drop from your hand a bundle of thin cedar
sticks, two players try in turn to remove sticks from the tangled
heap without moving any of the others. A basket splint is sometime
used to pick up the sticks.
- a disk of bone, stone, or wood with a peg through it, sometimes
painted or decorated on the upper surface, for divination of personal
questions like 'who will marry first', etc. by spinning the top
and seeing who it points to when it stops. Sometimes tops would
be whipped with a stick to keep them in motion.
- made from fir balsam pitch or stones were either rolled down
a board to see who's could go the farthest, or they may have been
rolled into a series of holes about the size of the marbles.
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