Chickasaw stickball sticks have a cup, shoulder and handle. They are made from hickory, pecan or ash wood.
To score, players must hit a 30 ft. high pole with a small ball known as a stickball. Traditionally, stickballs are woven with leather; the more modern way to make a stickball is to utilize paracord.
If players hit the painted part of the pole they receive one point. If players hit the fish, they receive two points.
In ancient times, tribes would use stickball games to settle a dispute instead of going to war. It has been said that the Chickasaws never lost a game. Today, the game of stickball is still alive!
Next time you visit the Chickasaw Cultural Center be sure to join us for a social game!
Anowa chipisala' cho!
(Until I see you again!)