Hand games integrated into our identity as Nehiyawak

March 30, 2023

Kapawe’no First Nation – Hand games are part of the Nehiyawak way of life and have been integrated into the Kapawe’no Nehiyawak Kiskinahamatowikamik. Herman Sutherland Sr, knowledge keeper from the local area has come in to lead the students in a good way of learning the hand games. Assisting him was our knowledge keeper in residence Priscilla Sutherland.

The hand games have been around for a long time with our Nehiyawak. The game played with our students had two teams sitting on matts across from each other in a line. Herman Sr played a traditional drum song during the game while one team works to hide a small rock or object in their hands, while the opposing team has a shooter or guesser. The object of the game is to obtain as many sticks as possible, then winning each match.
We say Nanaskomin to Herman Sr and Priscilla Sutherland for bringing the wonderful hand games to our students.

Last modified: April 11, 2023

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