March 30, 2019 – Traditional Indigenous Skills

Have you ever wondered how the indigenous peoples teach their children? To make it as interesting as possible, they use games! We did the same, playing games to improve throwing, archery, and Lacrosse. Even though it was rainy, it was still an amazing outing that was very educational and interesting. Read on to learn more!

The first skill we learned was Lacrosse, a game played with nets on sticks that originally had no rules except try to score. It was originally played with the goals in each of the villages competing, and could prove lethal. In order to learn the basic skills of the game, (passing, catching, and scooping the ball) we were instructed to launch the ball into the air and attempt to catch it in our nets. Once we had mastered this, we moved on to passing the ball to each other with a fairly low degree of success. Lacrosse is a valuable skill because the indigenous peoples would use it instead of warfare. Now, on to the next skill!

After Lacrosse, we moved on to spear throwing, in which we tested our accuracy on moving targets by attempting to throw “spears” through rolling hula hoops. In this, we had more success, although the “spears” were really just sticks. Thankfully, no one was injured.

Finally, we moved on to my favourite skill, archery. We were instructed to hold a steady stance and fire two shafts each at the target. However, many of the adults present found the bows too light to draw, as they all only had a draw weight of fifteen pounds. Success was mixed, and I found it hard because it was raining in my eyes.

In conclusion, all of the skills were important, for both hunting and sporting purposes. In my opinion, archery was the most enjoyable, although I’m sure others felt differently. All of the activities conveyed a feeling of satisfaction to me, whenever I hit a target, or caught a ball. This was definitely one of our best outings yet!

Written by Spencer, WRN Kids member

Bravo and thank you to Spencer, our wonderful reporter this time!  It’s exciting to have Kids taking on this role!  Thanks also to naturalist Rachel for enthusiastically leading us out into the rain, to WRN webmaster Paul for posting this for us, and to all the WRN Kids volunteers, families and Kids for another great morning together!