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Daily life in
the Americas

Ballsticks

Length: 83.000 cm

AOA 1977.Am28.13.a, b

Ballsticks

From: Oklahoma, North America
Date: around AD 1977

Stickball is a game played by the Creek people. Each player holds two of these long wooden sticks. Strips of leather make a net in the gap at one end. A deerskin ball stuffed with hair was thrown from player to player and caught in the net. The goals were 400 metres (¼ mile) apart, and each side had 62 players. The side scoring the most goals won.

The Creek still play stickball today. A similar game called lacrosse, played by the Iroquois people with one stick, is now played around the world.