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Lacrosse players to share knowledge of Native games

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PABLO — Ten Sticks Lacrosse, the International Traditional Games Society, and the Learn and Serve Program will host an inaugural event focused on the local indigenous game of double-ball, a recognized ancestor and sister-game of lacrosse, on Saturday, Dec. 1, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Camas Room in the Joe McDonald Health and Fitness Center at Salish Kootenai College. Ten Sticks Lacrosse Club players will be learning and sharing the traditions, culture, and knowledge of how to make and play Native American games. This is a first event in an ongoing series. We will be ethically harvesting the natural materials needed, hand-carving and sewing double-ball sets to be donated to local youth organizations and as thank-you gifts to the businesses and foundations that supported Ten Sticks during 2012.

In pre-colonial times, the playing of traditional games was the optimal way of teaching and transmitting the culture, the values, and the skills needed to survive. The games also built strong community relationships. In that spirit, Ten Sticks Lacrosse et al. invite the community of kids and parents to come learn about the games, make a double ball set, and play with us. (Supplies are limited on a first-come, first-serve basis.)  

This is a free family event open to the public. Children under the age of 12 need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. RSVP via the event site on Facebook, or email This helps us plan for the amount of materials needed. For more information, call Alex Alviar at (406) 546-4741.

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