ERIC Number: ED121766
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Ball Games of Native American Women of the Plains.
Pesavento, Wilma J.
The problem under investigation concerned (1) determining the ball games of Native American girls and women of the Great Plains, (2) determining the geographical spread of the games within the culture area, and (3) determining the characteristics of the various games. Data for this investigation were obtained from the 48 "Annual Reports of the Bureau of American Ethnology, Smithsonian Institution" published from 1881-1933 and the 84 volumes of the "American Anthropologist" published from 1888-1974. The data indicated that four games of ball were played bv Native American girls and women of the Great Plains during the period under observation: (1) doubleball, (2) juggling, (3) shinny, and (4) racket. Girls and women from 12 Plains tribes played ball games. Doubleball and shinny were played throughout an extensive geographical area by women from 11 tribes. The games of juggling and racket were found to exist in only one tribe each. (Author/RC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, and Recreation, Southern District (1976)