Native American Indian Historical Games
In just a few short years, the town of Parker will be the very first to witness another remarkable historical event. This event will be the first installment of the Native American Indian Historical Games. The games will be held at the Colorado Horse Park in Parker in the summer of 2009. There are around 500 games in all, but that is obviously way too many to play at the first event, so Ken Klaudt, the commissioner of the Historical Games, has chosen 31 of the most interesting and exciting games to make up the event. Just to name a few; alligator wrestling, tomahawk throwing, archery, and a game called buffalo robe keep-away (I'll explain that shortly) will be included in the selected 31 events.
Ken Klaudt has been planning and researching these games for roughly forty years, and through them hopes to turn his dream into a reality. "This gives us a chance to describe who we are. My dream is to retrieve our culture before it disappears," says Mr. Klaudt, an Arikara Indian. The Arikara tribe is known for aiding Lewis and Clark on their trek west to the Pacific Ocean. He is also the great, great grandson of the Lakota chief, Sitting Bull, who was victorious over General George A. Custer at the Battle of Little Bighorn, so he is very passionate and dedicated toward his culture. You will likely not find a better man to introduce The Native American Indian Historical Games to the rest of the world.
In buffalo robe keep-away, the game I mentioned above, ten players on each team ride horseback and play a game similar to football. Except instead of a ball, they use a buffalo hide. The object of the game is for the riders to get the hide to their goal at the end of a 600-yard playing field. The goal posts are actually two totem poles at both ends of the field; and in order to score, the rider must drape the hide around one of the poles. The one rule that makes this game so exciting though, is that a player can actually jump from his horse to the horse of the one who has the hide and attempt to wrestle it from him. But then the rider has to remount his horse in order to continue playing.
There is still a lot of planning from now to 2009, such as training the athletes and finding proper sponsors, but once the Native American Indian Historical Games arrive there is no doubt that they will provide all American Indian nations with some well deserved respect that has been neglected for far too long.
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