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Historical Tidbit Thursdays - The Comanches - Recreation and Games - #TidbitThursday


Welcome to our newest addition to the blog - Historical Tidbit Thursdays!

Today I want to focus on the games and recreations of the Comanche Indians. A lot of the games they played are still played today such as Lacrosse (a game involving sticks with ball-catching nets, pictured above), horse racing, wrestling, dice games(color-based dice as opposed to number-based).

Women played a game called "double ball" which consisted of teams of 10 who used hooked sticks (about 3 feet long) to catch and throw a rawhide thong tied at each end to balls (thus the name "double ball"). They had to toss the thong around a stake (goal).

Men held arrow-shooting contests. One such contest, the men would shoot 4 arrows and the one closest to the "mark" was the winner.

The Comanches: Lords of the South Plains by Ernest Wallace and E. Adamson Hoebel; ISBN#978-0806120409

Picture Credit - Lacrosse: https://cdn.indiancountrymedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/10.lacrosse_ball_players_by_george_catlin_smithsonian_800px-ball_players.jpg
Picture Credit - Double Ball: http://www.manataka.org/images/doubleballpg23s.gif

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