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.
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.
is Wakina Sky's cultural outreach events coordinator.
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
International Traditional Games Society was established in 1977
by tribal college presidents and culture directors from all seven
reservations in Montana.
TGS's goal is to encourage research and recovery of their oldest
form of education: traditional games of strength, endurance, skill
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
will be a representative from every tribal college to teach and
explain to us how to make all the equipment used in each game,"
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.
more information contact Deanna Leader at the Indian Education Department
Long Fellow School at (406) 268-7340.