Choctaw Stickball DemonstrationMay 13, 2017
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
The Hardwood Tree Museum has partnered with members of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma for the third annual live demonstration of one of the oldest organized sports played in our country: traditional stick ball. As part of Fort Smith's Western Heritage Month, this will be a fascinating look into a beloved part of Native American culture. The Choctaw Nation's Tushkahomma team and youth players from the stick ball team Yvnnvsh Homma will showcase a sport that has been described as part celebration, part ceremony, and part test of endurance. Although similar in some ways to lacrosse, this sport is a full-contact event, known for aggressive play and tackling. Players wear no padding, helmets or even shoes. Players will be using two sticks made of hickory or other hardwoods – thus the interest from the Hardwood Tree Museum of Fort Smith. Historically, these games could last for days. For this day, there will be stated time limits for game demonstrations throughout the day. Other festivities include a Choctaw weapons display, demonstrations of traditional beading and basket weaving, the Choctaw Singers and Choctaw Dancers and the Choctaw Princesses.
Event Location and Contact Information:
Fort Smith National Historic Site
301 Parker Avenue
Fort Smith, Arkansas