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Inuit Cup and Ball

Proper Name, Ring and Pin

Inuit Cup and Ball

In Inuit villages the Ring and Pin was originally constructed of the bones of seal. A hole was drilled off center into one of the ends of the piece of “target” bone in order to attach a piece of sinew cord or string. The other end of the cord was attached to a sliver of bone or stick shaped into a long shaft or pin. By swinging “the target” bone into the air, the player attempted to catch it on the point of the bone or stick. Our version may not be constructed of the same original materials but ours look and perform in the same amazing manner!

Central Eskimo,
West Coast Hudson Bay
American Museum of
Natural History

Native Cup and Ball

Proper Name - Ring and Pin.

Cup and Ball Native

There were many different forms of Ring and Pin played by Native Tribes in almost endless variations. They involved horn, leather, wood, and all sorts of combinations. This is a second native version of this very common toy. These are also available by special order with a 53 cm or 21 inch stick with a 13 cm hoop.

Little Fire Society Zuffi,
New Mexico
Brooklyn Institute Museum

The drawings above are from Games of the North American Indians by Stewart Culin. Study originally published in 1907 as a report of the Bureau of American Ethnology.

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