Ayagaqtiik (The Players)
Condition: Soft dimples in lower margin area overall.
Description by Artist: No description by artist found.
Notes from DaVic Gallery: ‘Ayagaqtiik (The Players)’ – The ring and pin game has ancient Native American roots. Native nations across North America practice their own version employing unique materials from the natural environment for the ring and pin. In all varieties of this game, a ring or other target is fastened to a cord. The target is thrown into the air and must be speared by the pin attached to the other end of the cord. Simple targets are carved rings of bone or hide, strings of toe bones or fish vertebra, perforated holed skulls, dried squash rinds, or bundles of twigs or hair. The pins were carved from long bones or antler in older times, while metal pins have sometimes been used since contact with Europeans. A leather or fur counterweight or loops of beads were sometimes attached below the target. The game was often played for women’s and children’s amusement and for stakes.