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Double Ball

Double Ball

Mainly played by young, unmarried women, this was the most popular women’s game of the Mandan and Hidatsa.

  1. The game consisted of three teams using two deerskin balls tied together by a leather strap and then tossed around from sticks 5 to 6 feet long.
  2. Two of the teams were on defense and the other on offense at any given time.
  3. Goal posts were often low-hanging tree branches about a quarter of a mile apart.
  4. To begin the game, the “double-ball” was laid on the ground between the teams.
  5. At a signal, the players rushed forward. The object was to catch the ball with their sticks, throw it into the air, and then, by passing it to one another, throw it over the goal post.

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