Indian Lore Games

3a. Learn three games played by a group or tribe. Teach and lead one game with a Scout group.


1. RUNNING GAME Klamath (Northwest Coast)
 Any number may play. This is traditionally a girls game. 

Equipment: None. 

Play: Players line up behind a starting line. Taking a deep breath, they run as far as they 
can while yelling loudly. When a player runs out of breath he/she must stop and stand 
still. The player running the greatest distance before running out of breath wins. 

2. STICK DICE Havasupai (Southwest) 
 2 to 8 players, usually men 
Equipment: 3 flat sticks, 3 inches long, white on one side, red on the other. 
Play: Players take turns tossing the dice. Sticks are tossed up to land on flat surface. All 
three white sides equal 10 points or counters (tooth picks or corn kernels if used), 2 white 
and 1 red equals 2 counters, 2 reds and one white equals 3 counters, and 3 red equals 5 
counters. Toothpicks may be used as counters. Highest score wins. 

3.SHUTTLECOCKS Zuni (New Mexico) 
 Any number may play. 
Equipment: Corn shuck shuttlecock. 
Play: Players try to see who can bounce the shuttlecock off the palm of their hand the 
highest number of times. Using the back of the hand presents more of a challenge. 



Indian Lore Merit Badge

INDIAN LORE
  1. Give the history of one American Indian tribe, group, or nation that lives or has lived near you. Visit it, if possible. Tell about traditional dwellings, way of life, tribal government, religious beliefs, family and clan relationships, language, clothing styles, arts and crafts, food preparation, means of getting around, games, customs in warfare, where members of the group now live, and how they live.
  2. Do TWO of the following. Focus on a specific group or tribe.
    1. Make an item of clothing worn by members of the tribe.
    2. Make and decorate three items used by the tribe, as approved by your counselor.
    3. Make an authentic model of a dwelling used by an Indian tribe, group, or nation.
    4. Visit a museum to see Indian artifacts. Discuss them with your counselor. Identify at least 10 artifacts by tribe or nation, their shape, size, and use.
  3. Do ONE of the following:
    1. Learn three games played by a group or tribe. Teach and lead one game with a Scout group.
    2. Learn and show how a tribe traditionally cooked or prepared food. Make three food items.
    3. Give a demonstration showing how a specific Indian group traditionally hunted, fished, or trapped.
  4. Do ONE of the following:
    1. Write or briefly describe how life might have been different for the European settlers if there had been no native Americans to meet them when they came to this continent.
    2. Sing two songs in an Indian language. Explain their meanings.
    3. Learn in an Indian language at least 25 common terms and their meanings.
    4. Show 25 signs in Indian sign language. Include those that will help you ask for water, for food, and where the path or road leads.
    5. Learn in English (or the language you commonly speak at home or in the troop) an Indian story of at least 25 words, or any number of shorter ones adding up to 300 words. Tell the story or stories at a Scout meeting or campfire.
    6. Write or tell about eight things adopted by others from American Indians.
    7. Learn 25 Indian place names. Tell their origins and meanings.
    8. Name five well-known American Indian leaders, either from the past or people of today. Give their tribes or nations. Describe what they did or do now that makes them notable.
    9. Learn about the Iroquois Confederacy, including how and why it was formed. Tell about its governing system. Describe some of the similarities and differences between the governments of the United States and of the Six Nations (the Haudenosaunee or Iroquois Confederacy).