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Photo of Ipahotonpi (Pop Gun) game
Photo of Canwacikiyapi (Tops) game
Hokazunta (Sled)
Hutanacute (Winged Bones)
A winter favorite for boys and girls. The Center’s Hokazunta is made of buffalo ribs. Half are ribs from the left side; half are from the right side. Elk rawhide is used to bind the ribs; chokecherry is used for the split sticks. A buffalo hide was placed on the sled before a child sat on it. Boys liked to stand on the sled, hold on to the strap and slide down a hill.
(Game piece crafted and photographed by Mike Marshall, Rosebud, S.D.)
A traditional Lakota game played by men. It uses a distinctive gaming device crafted from a cow or buffalo rib. The Center’s exhibit contains winged bones and more than a dozen other traditional Lakota games pieces.
(Game piece crafted and photographed by Mike Marshall, Rosebud, S.D.)
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Calendar of Events Title
2:00 p.m. Sunday, April 2
"Sharpie: Nebraska's
Queen of the Air"
with Diane Bartels
1:00 p.m. Saturday, April 8
"Juanito and His Tales" - a play for
all ages, written and directed by
Lorenzo Sandoval
2:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 5
"Did Past Immigrants Learn English
Faster than Today's Immigrants?"
presented by Dr. Alex Poole
2:00 p.m. Sunday, April 9
"Songs at Tales Along the Trails"
with Marci Broyhill
and Teresa Kay Orr
See calendar for additional
events