Jena Band of Choctaw Tribal Council Member

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Jena Band of Choctaw Tribal Council Member and Tribal Historic Preservation Director Dana Masters shows Fellowship Elementary first grader Jackson Yates how to play the Choctaw game of stickball as part of their recent Choctaw Thanksgiving exhibition to showcase their culture to area students. Masters explained that the game is a full contact sport with no protection padding or helmets and the players use two sticks with curved netted ends to scoop up, catch and throw the ball at their team’s pole to score. She told students that the game was played by the tribes to settle disputes between tribal members and other tribes to avoid going to war and that the game
could be deadly but it was used to keep the peace within a tribe
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