The Choctaw: Stickball Players of the South

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Hundreds of Choctaw Indians gather in an open field. A referee tosses a ball into the air, and the stickball game begins. Men use sticks to pass a ball back and forth across the field. Their opponents tackle them, driving them into the ground. They fight hard to win the game, and fans watch closely. This game is not about simply having fun. For the Choctaw, this game means war.

Discusses the Choctaw Indians, focusing on their tradition of playing stickball. Includes ...

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Overview

Hundreds of Choctaw Indians gather in an open field. A referee tosses a ball into the air, and the stickball game begins. Men use sticks to pass a ball back and forth across the field. Their opponents tackle them, driving them into the ground. They fight hard to win the game, and fans watch closely. This game is not about simply having fun. For the Choctaw, this game means war.

Discusses the Choctaw Indians, focusing on their tradition of playing stickball. Includes a recipe for a carrot bread, and instructions for playing a game and for making a clay pot.

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The American Indians remain among our country's most forgotten peoples. Although they are true Native Americans, living here when European settlers first arrived, most of us know little about their history, customs and traditions. This book, one of the publisher's ten title series about Indians called "America's First Peoples," is an admirable attempt to address this knowledge gap. The book details the Choctaw Indians, who today live primarily in Oklahoma and Mississippi. The author's primary focus is on the Choctaw's wonderful tradition of stickball playing instead of warfare to settle differences. Instead of fighting an enemy in battle, the Choctaw challenged them to play stickball, which they called appropriately "Toli," or "Little Brother of War." Their games were intense affairs, often lasting all day. The victors took home horses, food and other prizes from the losers. There is much here to interest young readers—eye-catching graphics and sidebars, a recipe for Choctaw Carrot Bread, and directions for making a Choctaw Combed Design Pot from a tennis ball. There is also an informative, short discussion of the 19th century's Trail of Tears (similar to that experienced by the Cherokee), when the U.S. Army forced the Choctaw to walk hundreds of miles in winter to their newly created reservation in Oklahoma. Mention is also made of World War I Choctaw soldiers who used their native language to create an unbreakable code that German soldiers could not decipher. With obvious care for her subject, the author has crafted an excellent book that will be an ideal addition to any library. 2004, Blue Earth Books/Capstone Press, Ages 6 to 10.
— Bruce Adelson, J.D.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780736857628
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2000
  • Series: America's First Peoples Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 8 - 4 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.60 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Little Brother of War 4
Chapter 2 Choctaw Stickball 6
Chapter 3 Choctaw Life 10
Chapter 4 Choctaw Food 14
Chapter 5 Clothing and Art 18
Chapter 6 The Choctaw Religion 22
Chapter 7 Sadness and Honor 24
Chapter 8 The Choctaw Today 28
Features
Words to Know 30
To Learn More 30
Places to Write and Visit 31
Internet Sites 31
Index 32
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