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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 p.m. Sunday, October 20
"The Marquis de Lafayette: Lancelot
of the Revolutionary Set "
presented by Dr. Scott Culpepper
2 p.m. Sunday, November 3
"Home: Where They Have to
Take You In"
poet Jeanne Emmons
2 p.m. Sunday, October 27
"Myths of the War of 1812"
presented by
Dr. Don Hickey
2 p.m. Sunday, November 10
"The Five-String Banjo: How it
made its way into American History"
presented by George Olson
See calendar for additional
events