Choctaw Stick Ball Exhibition GamesMay 13, 2017
The Hardwood Tree Museum has partnered with members of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma to bring the Third Annual live demonstration of one of the oldest organized sports played in our country to Fort Smith: Traditional Stick ball. As part of the on-going celebrations throughout Western Heritage Month, this will be a fascinating look into a beloved piece of Native American culture. The Choctaw Nation will be bringing over members of the "Tushkahomma team" and the youth players from the Stick ball team "Yvnnvsh Homma" to 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 type of sport is a full-contact event, known for aggressive play and tackling – with no padding, helmets, or even shoes. The players will be using two sticks which are made of hickory or other hard woods – thus the initial interest from the Hardwood Tree Museum. Historically, these games could last for days, but on Saturday May 13 there will be stated time limits, with demonstrations to be scheduled throughout the day. In addition, festivities of the day will include a Choctaw weapons display, demonstrations of traditional beading and basket weaving, the Choctaw Singers and Choctaw Dancers, and the Choctaw Princesses to name a few of the exciting events of the day. All of these events are free and open to the public. Special thanks goes to Jennifer Roberts, Jordan Eagleroad, Kay Jackson and the many Choctaw members in working with the Hardwood Tree Museum and making these exciting events possible.
Event Location and Contact Information:
Fort Smith National Historic Site
301 Parker Avenue
Fort Smith, Arkansas