INTRODUCTION





Indian ball games have one feature not found in the ball games as played by

us; that is, with the Indian the ball is never pitched and tossed by hand

during the play. At the opening of an Indian game the ball must be tossed

by hand, but after that the ball is struck by a racket, stick or club and

in that way sent from player to player and on to the goal. An exception to

this general rule is found in an Omaha ball game given in the following

pages.



The opening ceremony requires the ball to be handled and moved in a

peculiar and ceremonial manner by the hand of the Umpire before he tosses

it up for the beginning of the actual play.



The balls used by the Indians are of different materials--buckskin stuffed

with hair; formed from roots, such as the wild-grape vine; wood; bladder

netted with sinew; and in a few instances, of bone or stone.



Three ball games are here given.





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