Draughts (Checkers)





Chessmen, Yakutat Indians, Alaska
United States National Museum.
No Date of pieces given.

In "From Baddec, Nova Scotia", August 28 1899, Dr A S Gatschet writes (Reference MicMac, Nova Scotia): "The majority of the games they play now are borrowed from the whites. Their checker game is the same as ours and played on a checkerboard. A checker stone is called adena'gan, while the checkerboard is adenagenel. The checkers are either disk shaped and smooth or square.

The game is called after the moving of the stones from square to square.

In "Some Indoor and Outdoor Games of the Wabanaki Indians. Transactions of the Royal Society of Canada" volume 6, section 2, page 43, Montreal, 1889, Mrs W W Brown describes the following game (Reference, Passamaquaddy, Main):
"Ko-Ko-nag'n has a resemblance to the game of checkers, but although nearly all are more or less proficient at the latter game, there are only a few who understand ko-ko-nag'n. This, unlike any other game, may be played by male and female opponents. It is the least noisy, the skillful play requiring deliberation and undivided attention. A smooth surface is marked off into different sized spaces, and pieces of wood, round and square, marked to qualify value, are generally used, though sometimes carved bone is substituted.

We at Faire Tyme do not make the game of checkers due to it's easy mass produced availability and the time involved to make it properly.






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