The month of November is Native American Heritage Month. We celebrate and acknowledge the accomplishments of the people who were the original inhabitants, explorers, and settlers of the United States. 

This week’s craft kit highlights a game played in the Haida Tribe. The Haida people are indigenous to the northwest coast of Alaska. They are known for their wood carving craftsmanship. The Haida craftsmen used cedar wood to carve homes, canoes, masks, totem poles, and much more. To see some of their works and learn more about Haida people, check out these books on Hoopla:

Preparing sticks:
In this much-modified version of the game, we will not be hand-carving sticks or painting them. In your kit, you will find 24 colorful craft sticks, one “plain” stick, and one black marker. You will use the black marker to decorate all of the colorful sticks. Do not decorate the “plain stick.” Once you have finished decorating, you can play the game.

How To Play:
The object of the game is to locate the djil or bait (the “plain” stick) and collect the most sticks. You need two people to play.

Player one will take all the sticks and divide them into two handfuls. They will then shuffle each handful behind their back or turn away from the other player so they cannot see the sticks.

Without seeing the sticks Player two will try to choose the hand they believe the bait is.

Player One will then lay sticks from the hand player two chose on the table. If the djil or bait is there, Player two keeps all the sticks in a pile except for the bait. If the bait is not in a pile, player two gets to keep nothing. Now it’s Player two’s turn to divide and shuffle sticks for player one.

Players will continue taking turns until the last pile is won. Then each player will count their sticks. The player with the most sticks wins.

Kits will be available for pickup between Monday-Thursday, from 9 am-7pm and Friday-Saturday, from 9am-5pm in the Youth Services Department at the Main Library desk (while supplies last).