MARKSVILLE, La. (KALB) - Everyone loves traditions old and new, and on Saturday kids participated in a historic Native American game at the Tunica-Biloxi Reservation.
The tribe’s language and culture revitalization program held its fourth annual stickball clinic. The program's mission is to not only teach youth in the community about the game, but also old Native American traditions.
They invited members of the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe from Texas to teach the clinic. The sport requires both a stick and a ball, closely resembling lacrosse. In the past it was one of the ways tribes would settle their differences.
The program director said it was great to see so many people attend even in the colder weather.
"My grandparents’ generation played more often,” remembered John Barbry, Tunica-Biloxi Director of Development and Programming. “But now we're trying to bring it back for our younger kids as a way to stay fit and to get some exercise. They have a great time playing it. To see so many young people who are embracing it, a traditional sport that is part of their heritage. It means a lot that they are respecting that."
The tribe welcomes anyone in the community to join in on the fun, and encourages anyone to stop by the Tribe Museum to learn more about the sport.