Gaming sticks - ROM2005_5312_1


Gaming sticks

Maker: Tsimshian
Medium:Painted wood
Geography: Skeena River region, British Columbia, Canada
Date: 19th-early 20th century
10 x 0.9 cm
Object number: 939.31.64
Credit Line: George T. Emmons Collection
On view
Gallery Location:Daphne Cockwell Gallery dedicated to First Peoples art & culture
DescriptionGambling, a common activity along the coast, was often played for high stakes. One early explorer wrote that gamblers could lose all they held dear, including spouses and children. The sticks are dealt out, often into different piles, and covered with cedar bark. Each player is required to guess the markings on the opponent’s sticks or guess the location of a stick with particular markings.
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