Native Quoits Type Games

Although these games are referred to by us and others as Quoits they are varied, and mostly not at all like the European type game of Quoits.

Ivory Gamboling Disks,
Reference, Western Eskimo
United States National Museum

In "A Voyage around the World", page 210, London, 1814, a Captain Uriy Lissiansky writes the following (Reference, Eskimo, Kodiak Island, Alaska):
"The Cadiack men are so fond of gaming that they often lose everything they possess at play. They have a very favorite game called kroogeki. Four or more men play at it; that is, two against two, or three against three. Two skins are spread on the ground, at a distance of about 12 feet from each other. On each skin is placed a round flat mark made of bone, about 4 1/2 inches in circumference, with a black circle and center marked on it. Every player has five wooden pieces, like what are called men in the game of draughts or backgammon, and distinguished in the same manner by color. The players kneel, and, stretching themselves forward, lean on the left hand, throwing the draughts with the right, one after the other, adversary against adversary aiming at the round mark. If a man hits the mark, his antagonist endeavors to dislodge the draught by placing his own there. When all the draughts are expended on both sides, it is examined how they lie, and they are counted accordingly: for every draught touching the mark 1; for that which lodges on it, 2; for that wich cuts the black circle, 3, etc. In this manner the game continues til the number 112, which is the point of the game is gained. The numbers are counted by small sticks made for the purpose.

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*****The game above could very easily be adapted for school or museum use to demonstrate an Eskimo game. Simply place a mark on a woven floor mat for a target, and lay it on a large desk or on the floor. Throw checkers, trying to score as above.

Thong Game

In North American Indian Games, William Henry Carter writes
Thong toss. Similar to Inuit cup and ball

In a memoir published by the Bureau of American Ethnology, a Dr Frank Russell described the following game (Reference, Pima, Arizona.):
"Haeyo. - This game affords considerable amusement for the spectators as well as the participants. Four men provide themselves with moderately large stones, hayakut, which they throw between two holes set about 50 feet apart. All stand at one hole and try successively to throw into the other. If but one succeeds in throwing into the hole, he and his partner are carried on the backs of their opponents across to the opposite goal. If both partners throw into the hole they are carried across and then return to the first hole, the "horses" who carry them attempting to imitate the gallop of the horse.
In Book of American Indian Games by Allan and Paulette Macfarlan
Reference Southwest
Two holes 2 feet deep and 15 inches across dug 50 feet apart. Both contestants stand in the holes. (WHILE the game is played.) One team member of the team chosen to throw first throws a stone at the open hole in the other end. The stone must drop into the hole and not roll in. If the stone lands on a foot of the opponent as he stands in the hole or otherwise injures him he just laughs and carries on. First person to score is carried piggy back style on the back of the other team member down to the hole where he threw the stone into. If both score at the same time each is carried to the hole at the other end.

Hit the Stone

In Book of American Indian Games by Allan and Paulette Macfarlan
Reference, Northwest Coast
Boys stood a heavy stone about 12 inches high and 2 to 3 inches wide on end one the ground and threw heavy ball like stones at it from a distance of 20 to 40 feet. First to knock the stone over ten times won.
In "Games of the North American Native by Stewart Cullin, a Dr C F Newcombe describes the following game (Reference, Haida, Prince of Wales Island, Alaska):
"A narrow stone about a foot in length is erected at some 20 feet from a base and any number of players from two to six, try to knock it down, each with a round ball-like stone. He who first scores ten knockdowns wins."

In "Some Tewa Games. Unpublished manuscript in the Bureau of American Ethnology." a Mr T S Dozier writes (Reference, Tewa, New Mexico):
"The old Tewa game of kou-wa-di has almost passed into disuse. Only two or three times have I seen it played. It consisted in throwing a kou-e (stone) at a target, with about the same rules as are observed in the arrow game. It was played just after that game, the game of marbles and that of tops taking its place now."

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