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Pipes and games

Part of Northwest Coast Hall.


Collection Information

The games of the Nlaka’pamux fall into two general classes: games of chances and of skill. The former included games in which various kinds of dice were used, a game played with birchbark cards, an done in which the objective was to guess the location of a hidden object. Gambling usually accompanied these games. Games of skill included lacrosse, the hoop-and-spear game in which a spear is thrown at a rolling hoop to stop it in a prescribed way, a game played with a ball and bats similar to the game of rounders, and the pin-and-ball game in which the ball is tossed into the air and caught on the pin. The Nlaka’pamux smoked a wild variety of tobacco in pipes which they made of soapstone, slate or antler. They also traded with the tribes to the southeast for pipes made of the red stone called catlinite.