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American Indians Games

American Indian Games

This following games that can be played in the classroom or on the playground. The challenge to each student is to research and play more American Indian games, particularly ones played by the American Indians of North Dakota! Ideas include:

  1. Have students research additional games Plains Indians played.
  2. Have students teach a game to the entire class.
  3. Have students create the game pieces for an Indian game, explain the game to a partner or a small group, and then play the game with them. Change groups and play it again with a new partner or small group.
  4. Have students use a two-circle Venn Diagram to compare and contrast games played today by many children with those played by American Indians of North Dakota in the 1800s.
  5. Two-Circle Venn
American Indian Games
Tchung-Kee (chun-kee) Stick Passing Game Hand Game
Stick Game Foot Races Keeper of the Fire
Bowl Game Hubbub Feather Darts
Hoop and Lance/Pole Ring and Pin Ring Toss
Double Ball    

The following Internet sites are good sources for American Indian games.

Native Tech has several online interactive games such as Interactive Bead Graph, Keep it in the Air, Guess the Plant Name, Match the Design, etc., plus a large assortment of Native American games for children to play. Excellent site!

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Several selections of American Indian games from many tribes are found at the Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center

A large selection of American Indian games can be found at the Manataka American Indian Council.