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Tasiha Unpi - Deer Bone Game

Tasiha Unpi - Deer Bone Game Game piece crafted and photographed by Mike Marshall.

This game was played informally by adults and children, male and female, but only women played it in formal competition and for stakes.

The pin is held in one hand; the bones in the other hand. The player tosses the bones in the air and then attempts to catch the bones with the pin.

Points are awarded according to the number of bones and/or beaded loops caught on the pin. If all the bones are caught, the player automatically wins.


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