peeweeyocia ahkanimini meehkintiinki ‘Peach Pit Game’

October 24, 2019

Do you enjoy playing mahkinsina meehkintiinki ‘moccasin game?’ If so, you should try playing peeweeyocia ahkanimini meehkintiinki ‘peach pit game!’

You can play with just two people or teams and all you need is a small object that can be hidden in a fist, such as a peeweeyocia ahkanimini ‘peach pit.’ Below, you will find two versions of the rules; one for two players and one for teams.

Rules for Two Players

  1. Decide who will hide the object first (Player 1) and how many points or counting sticks are needed to win the game.
  2. Player 1 holds out their hands, palm up with the object in one hand.
Open hands, palms up with a die sitting in one hand.
Figure 1: Player 1 holding out the hiding object
  1. Player 2 says kyaatoolo ‘hide it.’
  2. Player 1 closes their hands and moves them behind their back, shuffling the object between them in a manner that disguises where the object ends up.
  3. Player 1 holds out their fists to Player 2 and says mihkanto ‘find it.’
  4. Player 2 picks a hand and says ooniini ‘this.’
One person presenting closed fists with a second person pointing at one.
Figure 2: Player 2 choosing a hand
  1. If Player 2 finds the object, they receive a point or counting stick.
    If Player 2 does not find the object, Player 1 receives a point or counting stick.
One person with a closed fist and open hand with a die sitting in it. A second person pointing at the open hand.
Figure 3: Player 1 revealing contents of chosen hand
  1. The round winner says eenihiwiaani! ‘I win!’ and the opponent responds iihia, eenihiweeyani. ‘Yes, you win.’
  2. The object goes to the winner of the round until the winning score is reached.

Rules for Teams

This version is a series of one-on-one competitions, so only one hiding object is needed.

  1. Players are divided into two teams. Each team forms a line facing the opposing team.
Illustration of players in two lines facing one another.
Figure 4: Illustration of team lines
  1. A judge stands at one end of the line with the hiding object. The judge offers one team a choice of hands. If the team finds the object, they hide first; if not, their opponents hide first.
  2. The first in line for the hiding team (Player 1), holds the object out to their opponent (Player 2) in open hands. (Figure 1 above)
  3. Player 2 says kyaatoolo ‘hide it.’
  4. Player 1 puts their hands behind their back and shuffles the object to disguise where it ends up.
  5. Player 1 holds out closed fists and says mihkanto ‘find it.’
  6. Player 2 chooses a hand and says ooniini ‘this.’ (Figure 2 above)
  7. If Player 2 finds the object, their team receives a point or counting stick.
    If Player 2 does not find the object, their opponent’s team receives a point or counting stick.
  8. The round winner says eenihiwiaani! ‘I win!’ and all other players respond iihia, eenihiweeyani. ‘Yes, you win.’
  9. The hiding object is then passed to the next in line on Player 2’s team. After each round, the object is passed to the next person on the opposite team.
Illustration of how the object is passed down the line of players.
Figure 5: Illustration of how the hiding object is passed each round
  1. When the last pair has finished, the team with the highest score wins the game.
  2. The winning team says eenihiwiaanki ‘We win!’ and the losing team says iihia, eenihiweeyiikwi. ‘Yes, you win.’

paahpitaawi! ‘Let’s play!’

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