Multicultural Games

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by Jessica, Mara Germantown Academy 6th grade     1998

State the name of your game and why you chose it.

I chose the game Toli because it sounded interesting and no one else was doing it.  The equipment seemed to be easy to collect and the rules are very simple.

List the countries where it is played and its origin.

Toli is played in the South East section of the United States.  It is a traditional Native American game that has been played for at least 400 years.   It was sometimes used to settle disputes among Native Americans.  The modern game of Lacrosse originated from Toli.

Describe how your game is played. State the object of the game. Clearly describe the rules.

Toli has few rules.  Each player has two sticks with a basket on the end to carry the ball (called the towa).  Like lacrosse, the object of the game is to throw the ball into the goal using your sticks. 

In the real game of Toli the defense is allowed to tackle the player with the ball.   Because this could cause injury, we are adding flags to the game.  If your flag is pulled off you must drop the ball.

List the equipment needed.

Make recommendations for what type of athlete would enjoy playing this game. What skills does it demand?

Jessica:  Because Toli combines the aspects of basketball, soccer, ice hockey and football, all athletes would love this sport.  It isn't very popular because not many people know about it, but a lot of people know about Lacrosse and Lacrosse originated from Toli.  You don't have to be tall or big to play Toli.  You just have to enjoy the sport.

Early Native Americans used Toli to settle disputes.  Instead of going to war they challenged their enemies to this game.  An appropriate situation in which to play this game would be to settle a disagreement.  In some ways World War I and II could have been settled with a big game of Toli.

What are your feelings about this game? Did you enjoy playing it? Would you recommend it?

Jessica:  Although Toli is a fun and safe game when played by our modified rules, it may be too dangerous when played by the actual rules.  Many Native Americans were seriously injured in this game wearing no protective gear.  On the other hand, today players do wear protective gear and have somewhat safer rules.  Toli is a great way to let out our aggressiveness without being violent.


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