games have always been a favorite pass-time for many adults.
These games functioned solely as enjoyment of the people,
and were often played for hours on end. The gambling games
most often took the form of a dice or guessing game.
games depended on pure chance. The guessing games were
probably the popular of the two, as they required certain
skills. A good player was one who could confuse and successfully
hide an object from his opponent.
of the games were known throughout the area. A good player
often turned professional, making his living by traveling
to the different bands and tribes, seeking new challengers.
These professional players earned little status among
the camp members. Young men, if they became too fond of
the games, were discouraged by the elders.
of value was used as stakes, but the wagers were always
to be of equal value. One man acted as the "cashier",
always ensuring that the wagers were equal and that the
stakes were collected and distributed at the end of the
our contemporary Indian celebrations, men begin to gather
in the morning, and a game is soon underway. The stakes
are usually money now, but songs and methods have changed
little through the years.