Native Games, a program of film shorts profiling American Indian sports, will be running this weekend at the National Musuem of the American Indian Gustav Heye Center in New York City. The program includes the following four films (click on the titles of the first two to watch those selections online).
Canoe Pulling: A Lummi Way of Life (2008, 7 min.) United States. Director: Sara London, Lummi, & the Lummi Cedar Project Crew. Teens reflect on Northwest Coast canoeing as part of their unique cultural and community identity, and why they are determined to carry the tradition to the next generations.
Tóka (1994, 24 min.) United States. Director: Cyndee & David Wing. Women and girls of the Tohono O’odham tribe of Arizona play an exciting game of stickball, reflecting the people’s age-old traditions.
The Twenty-First Annual World Eskimo-Indian Olympics (1986, 27 min.) United States. Director: Skip Blumberg. A documentary classic on the Eskimo-Indian Olympics shows such events as the two-foot and one-foot high kick, the knuckle hop, the blanket toss and the four-man carry. (Related: Head to Fairbanks, Alaska, for the Annual World Eskimo Indian Olympics)
Native Games will run Saturday, June 8, and Sunday, June 9, at 10:30 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.; Admission to the museum and the screening is free; National Museum of the American Indian Gustav Heye Center, 1 Bowling Green, Lower Manhattan; 212-514-3700, nmai.si.edu/visit/newyork