ago, the survival of many Indian people depended on their
skills as hunters. The children were taught these skills
at an early age either by their fathers or by playing
among themselves. Games filled an important role in educating
the young by cultivating life skills together with their
physical and social development.
adults also had games, which were played purely for enjoyment.
These were generally based on gambling, a favorite pastime
for many Indian people.
New games could be received from as gifts from another
tribe or a tribe could invite someone to teach them a
new game. Children often played the same games that their
fathers once played or they might receive them in a fashion
similar to that of the adults. The games were usually
modified in some form by each tribe that received them.
One game could be played by many tribes, each using their
own variations. Despite these slight differences, one
tribe would often challenge another tribe in some of their
games. This usually happened at the "KO WE TA SQEEK",
a time when certain tribes would meet together in times
of peace. Sports often dominated these gatherings. The
best runners or players from both tribes would compete
against each other, while the spectators placed wagers
on their favorites.
and equipment used to play the games are described in
a modified method in this book. Equipment has been adapted
to fit material easily accessible today. Attempts have
been made to give the standard method of playing, listing
a few of the variations. Technical details such as rules,
equipment and field size are left for the reader to decide,
although suggestions are included.