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  • Hand games is a simple game played with 16 sticks and 4 small bones that fit in the palms of your hands. One of the bones have a stripe on it and the oter doesn't. If your playing the game in Lakota style you are going to be looking for the bone with the stripe on it. There are 2 people that hide the bones and each person has to have one striped bone and one without a stripe. After they are done hiding you have to guess what hand the stripped bones are in and if you get both hiders wrong you give them 2 sticks. If you get one hider right and one wrong you give them one stick and let that person hide again and try to guess them again. If you get both hiders right then they give the bones to your team and the your team hides and then they guess.

    Red Cloud is one of the many owayawa (schools) on the reservation that practice hand games. Hand games has become a very popular game in the past few years. We have hand game tournaments at every wachipi(pow-wow) that we have. In december during LNI (Lakota National Invitation) we have a huge tournament that all the schools come for. Hand games is very easy to learn that even elementary kids can play the game.

    I myself play hand games ever since i was in 5th grade and I really love doing it. The game is really fun, just the beat of the drum and the songs that we sing just make the games even more fun. Hiding and guess can be tricky but thats what makes the fun in the game; after all you do have a 50/50 chance.
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