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An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


April 17, 2004 - Issue 111


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Training on Tap for American Indian Games

by Shawn White Wolf Helena Independent Record
Stickball Sticks by Justin Wesley

Stickball Sticks by Justin WesleyTraining camp for this summer's 6th Annual International Traditional Games begins this weekend in Loma for both American Indian and non-Indian people interested in teaching youth Indian games during a summer camp later this year.

"Traditional games were an important part of our society," said Wakina Sky's Pearle McGillis, who is planning to attend Saturday's training and the six-day summer camp in June.

McGillis is Wakina Sky's cultural outreach events coordinator.

Beginning on Friday, June 22, participants will participate for six-days in games including shinney, lacrosse, doubleball, hoop and long arrow, arrow casting to hoop, horse races and games and a popular horse-foot-canoe race.

The International Traditional Games Society was established in 1977 by tribal college presidents and culture directors from all seven reservations in Montana.

The TGS's goal is to encourage research and recovery of their oldest form of education: traditional games of strength, endurance, skill and intuition.

Members of TGS's non-profit organization hopes through the recovery of the games, the belief that Indian games were not merely "play," but rather an "educational means to teach cultural values and survival."

"There will be a representative from every tribal college to teach and explain to us how to make all the equipment used in each game," said McGillis.

Saturday's training for adults is free and open to the public. Transportation from Great Falls to Loma is provided. The bus leaves from Long Fellow School on 1100 6th Avenue South in Great Falls.

For more information contact Deanna Leader at the Indian Education Department Long Fellow School at (406) 268-7340.

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