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Indigenous Games

Indigenous Games

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Published by: Gustavo Gonzalez Jr on Jul 27, 2010
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Indigenous Games
Students are encouraged to pick and gather their ownmaterials, to make and decorate their own equipment.Students are also encouraged to know how to make theequipment needed for each game, and know the rules. Theywill then be able to share these games with friends andfamily.
Ring the Stick 
Start with ring flat on the ground. Flick stick upward then tryto catch ring with end of stick. Younger children may use abigger ring and longer sticks. Smaller sticks and smallerrings may be used for the more advanced.Materials:16-32 inch stick (wooden dowel, willow branch)paint, yarn, beads to decorate stickring ½ inch to 2 inches widestring to attach ring to stick
Run and Scream
Students stand behind the starting line, take a deep breath,and begin running at signal. At second line, 5-8 feet in frontof starting line, students begin screaming. Who ever runs thefurthest while screaming is the winner.
Make the Stick Jump
Stick 4-7 wooden pegs or sticks, 6-8 inches long, into groundat varying distances. Assign point values to each peg, withthe closest being fewest and the furthest being most.Students stand behind line and begin throwing. A direct hitscores points. Students throw 4-7 rocks per match. The onewith the highest score wins.Materials:4-7 Smooth round rocks4-7 sticks or wooden pegs 6-8 inches long
paint, ribbon, yarn or beads to decorate sticks or pegs.Students may decorate own personal throwing rocks.
Gathering Stones
Similar to European game of jacks. Students scatter severalsmall rocks in a designated playing circle. Then take onelarger rock and toss up into the air. They then gather onesmall rock in their hand and catch larger rock before it hitsthe ground. Next they try to get two small rocks before thelarger rock hits ground, then three rocks etc. The one who isable to gather the most rocks wins.Materials:13 small rocks1 larger smooth round rockbag to hold rocks
Sticks in the Fist
 Take ten sticks of similar appearance, with one having beenmarked on the bottom side. Put in hand with marked endhidden in palm. Students pick sticks one by one, trying not topick marked stick. Whoever picks the most sticks beforepicking the marked stick wins, with nine being the highestscore. At first students are using intuition to feel the markedstick and avoid it. Later they use observation over time todetermine the marked stick.Materials: Ten sticks of similar size and appearance with one bottommarkedRibbon to tie sticks together or bag to hold sticks
Guessing the Stick 
At least twenty sticks held in one hand by player. Player putssticks behind back, out of sight of other players. The playerseparates the sticks into two bundles, one in each hand. Theplayer then briefly shows both bundles to other playersbefore putting behind back again.Whoever guesses the exact amount of sticks in each bundle
wins a counting stick. There are four counting sticks. To winthe game a player must get three counting sticks at thesame time. Whenever a player guesses the number of sticksright they get a counting stick. Once all four counting sticksare out, the oldest counting stick is taken and given to newwinner. Students use intuition and observation to figureamount of sticks.Materials:At least twenty sticks of similar size and appearanceFour smaller decorated sticksBag to hold sticks or ribbon to tie sticks together 
Hoop and Long Arrow
Players line up on either side forming an aisle approximately30 feet long and 10 feet wide. A decorated hoop is rolleddown aisle. Players throw spear or long arrow at hoop as itpasses them. Players score a point by stopping the hoopwith their spear or arrow. Hoop is thrown once from eachend of aisle, this is one round. At the end of each round eachplayer moves down two spaces to the left. The two playersat the end of the line move to the other end of the line.Game can be played in four rounds or seven rounds. Playerwith the most points at end of game wins. Smaller childrenuse bigger hoop, older children use smaller hoop.Materials:Rope hoop or wooden hoopMaterial to cover hoopRibbon, yarn and beads to decorate hoop and spears4-12 spears or long arrowsRibbon to tie sticks and bag to hold
Double Ball
Less than 10 players – 1 double ballMore than 10 players – 2 double ballsPlayers divide into teams separated by headband/shirt/stick

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