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Aboriginal Perspectives

 

Stick Flipping

Origin:

Plains Cree

History:

Both children and adults played this game. There is a special song that accompanies this game.

Materials:

Large pole approximately 18 inches long; tally sticks

Players:

2+ players

Setup:

Whittle the sides of the pole so it has four flat sides and two pointed ends. Color each side differently.

To Play:

Begin by hitting the end of the stick by stepping on it and making it flip into the air. If it doesn't flip, the player can try again.

To Score:

The score depends on the side of the stick that lands facing up. When a point is awarded the player collects the tally stick from their opponent. The first person to get all four points wins the game.

 

Stick Side
Points
blank
1
marked
2
blue
3
red
4 (wins the game)

Math Content:

Probability and data management.

Source:

http://epe.lac-bac.gc.ca/100/205/301/ic/cdc/games/chance/stickflipping.html

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