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The Kawaiisu Culture

Recreation

Kawaiisu children's activities were similar to games played by contemporary children. Tag was called Bear and the one who was "it" was the bear. Hide and seek was also very popular. Boys practiced shooting with small bows and arrows. Girls played with dolls made of clay or small rodent skins stuffed with grass. Wing charms suspended within a kahni not only entertained infants, but also frightened away spirits.

Play was not limited to children. The games played by men included hoop and dart and ring and pin, a hit-the-target throwing game. Women played with shell dice. Singing and dancing were also adult diversions and might bring together large groups of people over several days.

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