The Hand Game (also
called The Stick Game): The people of the Plateau loved games of all sorts.
They loved competitions. And they loved to gamble. So itís no
surprise that they loved a game they invented called the Hand
Game, which is sometimes called The Stick Game.
This game was played by nearly all the tribes that made
up the people of the Plateau. The Hand Game is still played
today by the people of the Plateau. You can play it too. It's fun! You can find
the game pieces you need to play this game lying about on the
ground, just like the Plateau people did thousands of years ago.
Here is how it is played:
11 sticks used to keep score, and 4 round pieces of bone (or small
stones) used to play the
game. Two pieces of bone are plain
and two are marked somehow to be dark Ė either wrapped with string or dyed or
The Play: Two sides. Each side has
the same number of players, usually 4-8 people on each side. Each side is given
2 pieces of bone Ė one plain, one dark. Each side folds their hands into fists.
Hidden inside a fist is one of the bones.
To guess which bone piece is in which hand on the opposing team.
By turns, one person from one team guesses what bones are where. If they
are right, that team gets a stick. If they are wrong, the opposing team gets a
stick. Then itís the opposing teamís turn to guess. Men play against men. Women
play against women.
The Prize: The winning team gets
all the gifts brought by both sides. Each
player has to put in one gift to play. Gifts might be a knife, a mat, a basket,
a fishing spear Ė something of value.
The Stick Game (also called The Hand Game)
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Native Americans for Kids
Native Americans in US, Canada, and the Far North
Early people of North America (during the ice
age 40,000 years ago)
Northeast Woodland Tribes and Nations
- The Northeast Woodlands include all five great lakes as well as the Finger Lakes and the Saint Lawrence River. Come explore the 3 sisters,
longhouses, village life, the League of Nations, sacred trees, snowsnake games, wampum, the
arrowmaker, dream catchers, night messages, the game of sep and more. Special Sections:
The Lenape Indians. Read two
myths: Wise Owl and
The Invisible Warrior.
Southeast Woodland Tribes and Nations
- The Indians of the Southeast were considered members of the Woodland Indians. The
people believed in many deities, and prayed in song and dance
for guidance. Explore the darkening land, battle techniques, clans and marriage, law and order, and
more. Travel the Trail of Tears.
Indians and Cherokee
Plains Indians - What was life like in
what is now the Great Plains region of the United States? Some
tribes wandered the plains in search of foods. Others settled down and grew crops. They spoke different
was the buffalo so important? What different did horses make?
What was coup counting? Who was
Southwest Indians -
Pueblo is not the
name of a tribe. It is a Spanish word for village. The Pueblo People are the decedents of the
Navajo and the
Apache arrived in the southwest in the 1300s. They
both raided the peaceful
Pueblo tribes for food and
other goods. Who were the Devil Dancers? Why are blue stones important? What is a wickiup? Who was
Child of Water?
Pacific Coastal Northwest Indians -
What made some of the Pacific Northwest Indian tribes "rich" in ancient times? Why were woven mats so
important? How did totem poles get started? What was life like
in the longhouse? What were money blankets and coppers? How did
the fur trade work? How did
Raven Steal Crow's
Inland Plateau People - About
10,000 years ago, different tribes of Indians settled in the Northwest Inland Plateau region of the
United States and Canada, located between two huge mountain ranges - the Rockies and the Cascades. The
Plateau stretches from BC British Columbia all the way down to nearly Texas. Each village was independent, and each had a
democratic system of government. They were deeply religious and believed spirits could be found
everything - in both living and non-living things. Meet the
California Indians - The Far West was
a land of great diversity. Death Valley and Mount Whitney are the highest and lowest points in the
United States. They are within sight of each other. Tribes living in what would become California were
as different as their landscape.