Historic turnout for LNI youth and corporate hand games
RAPID CITY, S.D. – The Lakota Nation Invitational (LNI) wouldn’t be complete without hand games. The traditional Native American game that has been passed down for centuries.
Hand games, or the moccasin game, is a guessing game that involves two teams; the hiders and the guessers. Two hiders have bones in each hand and one of the bones is marked. The guessers have to figure out which hider has the marked bone in their fist. While trying to guess the hiding team makes noises, sing, and make hand gestures to try and distract the guessers.
“Thirty-three elementary teams registered this year and 25 high school teams, so it’s the largest hand game tournament that I’ve coordinated since I’ve started doing it,” said Roger White Eyes, the coordinator.
Most of the games were youth, but there was also a corporate tournament, where adults from local organizations could play each other.