Native Fox and Geese Game

Cree and Chippewa
Field Columbian Museum

In Games of the North American Indians, a J A Mitchell describes the native game (Reference Cree and Chippewa):
"This game is played by two persons, one playing the king piece, or oke-mow, against his opponent's thirteen pawns. Moves can be made in any direction by any of the pieces, provided the lines of the diagram are followed.

The king has the power to take the opposing pieces and can take as many pieces in one move as are left unprotected, but only following the lines of the board. the pawns have no power to take the king, but endeavor so to press it as finally to checkmate. The king is technically known as musinay-kah-whan.

The game is one which has been long known to the Indians and is much admired by them. Many skillful players have been developed, some being more particularly skilled in manipulating the king piece, while others make the pawn their special play. The play is invariably for stakes of some kind."

Game of Indian and Jack Rabbits
Played by Tigua Indians
Taos, New Mexico

In Cullin's book, a Mr S C Simms says that he saw the game of coyote and chickens played by the tribe on a diagram traced on smooth ground. (Reference, Papago, Arizona):
"A red bean was used for the coyote and twelve grains of corn for the chickens. Another form of the game was played with twelve chickens on each side. This latter was played for money, the first game being regarded as too easy to bet on. Reference, Both Papago and Mexicans play, mostly men.

We at Faire Tyme can make a Fox and Geese game very similar to the one above. Call for pricing. You may also want to look at our Round European Style board available in our "Catalogue" section.

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