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ERIC Number: ED114395
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
Pages: 6
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Motivations of North American Indians in Athletic Games.
Pesavento, Wilma J.
This is a report on the motives of North American Indians in holding their athletic games. Data were researched from "Annual Reports of the Bureau of American Ethnology" published between 1881 and 1933. Anthropologists, artifact collectors, artist-writers, and historians provided primary evidential sources for athletic game motivation. Included were the major North American Indian games of archery, snowsnakes, hoop and pole, racket, shinny, and doubleball. Five general motives resulted from the research. They were gambling, amusement-diversion, ceremonial observance, increase of physical powers, and development of moral attributes. The data indicated that gambling, the wagering of stakes or game implements, was a highly significant motive of the North American Indians for holding all athletic games. All other motives were of minor or insignificant importance. (Author/RC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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