Native Games of the Americas
Playing games is an important tradition shared by all ages in numerous Native communities. Many games are designed to build strength in both body and spirit through exercise, group cooperation, and practicing important skills such as hand-eye coordination. Games are an integral part of Native community life. They connect communities and teach cultural values, history, and skills. In this program, students learn about the many games played in different areas of the Americas and gain a deeper understanding of the games' origins and significance. Movement is part of this program.
- Learn the different types of Native games.
- Learn how games are used in Native community life both historically and today.
1: American Indian Cultures
Culture is a result of human socialization. People acquire knowledge and values by interacting with other people through common language, place, and community. In the Americas, there is vast cultural diversity among more than 2,000 tribal groups. Tribes have unique cultures and ways of life that span history from time immemorial to the present day.
8: Science, Technology, and Society
American Indian knowledge resides in languages, cultural practices, and teachings that span many generations. This knowledge is based on long-term observation, experimentation, and experience with the living earth. Indigenous knowledge has sustained American Indian cultures for thousands of years. When applied to contemporary global challenges, Native knowledge contributes to dynamic and innovative solutions.
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