Apache boys and girls played games that kept
them fit. Archery was an important competition sport, as the bow and
arrow was their main weapon. Apache kids also played toe and toss
games to develop coordination, balance, and strength.
Toe Toss Stick:
To play this game, you needed a stick. To set up play, you first
made a mark on the ground. Then you stood behind the mark and
balanced a stick on your toe. The object was the toss the stick as
high as you could and have it land on the mark. You got points for
height and for accuracy.
Foot Toss Ball: To
play this game, you needed a stone. To set up play, you
balanced the stone on your toes. This game had a choice. You could
either play to see how far you could toss or how high you
could toss the stone with your toes. Kids used light stones,
adults used heavy stones, and they completed with each other.
The Apache loved stories, myths and legends,
especially stories about Apache warriors. From the time they were
babies, Apache kids heard stories of how brave Apache warriors won
battles using strength, speed, cleverness, and accuracy.
The Apache did not
count on luck to help them. They stayed trained and fit. But they were
realists. A little luck was always welcome.
Child of Water & Little Blue Rock
Apache Myths and
The Origin of Fire (ppt)
Return to the Southwest