Save the Dates: Traditional Native Games Conference & Competitions

Jack McNeel, Indian Country Today Media Network

The International Traditional Games Society was organized in 1997 but will hold its first Traditional Native Games Conference & Competitions from June 26-28 at Salish Kootenai College in Pablo, Montana. This will bring together many of the leading minds throughout Indian country and elsewhere to discuss the value of these games, the preservation of spiritual ties as shown through joy and play and the restoration of traditional games within tribes from both sides of the U.S.-Canada border.

This conference will advance those basic philosophies and procedures through three disciplines. Traditionalists will speak of how the games were used in the old culture. Academics will speak about historic trauma and how that has affected succeeding generations in their ability to survive. Neuroscientists will discuss their work pertaining to the emotional center of the brain and the implications of how joy and play were part of the survival picture for all traditional people.