Tip Cat





Tipcat, Zuni Indians,
Museum of Science and Art,
University of Pennsylvania.

In "A Description of Louisiana", page 303, New York, 1880, Father Louis Hennepin says (Reference, Huron, Ontario):
"The children play with bows and with two sticks, one large and one small. They hold the little one in the left and the larger one in the right hand; then with the larger they make the smaller one fly up in the air, and another runs after it and throws it at the one who sprung it. This game resembles that of children in Europe."

In "Games of Teton Dakota Children. The American Anthropologist", volume 4, page 341, 1891, Rev. J Owen Dorsey writes (Reference, Dakota, Teton, South Dakota):
"When the boys play this game an imaginary stream is marked off on the ground, and the players stand on imaginary ice near the shore. They take turns at knocking at a piece of wood, in order to send it up into the air. He who fails to send up the piece of wood loses his stakes, and he who succeeds wins the stakes.

Tip Cat


Tip Cat

The following is still available by special order from Faire Tyme Toys. Call for Pricing. Just hit the end of the "Cat" with the paddle like bat and watch the Cat jump into the air. Though the bat is more European, the actual pointed toy is much like those used by native folk.








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