First International Traditional Games
Conference, June 2013
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Across the world, the ancient games of
indigenous people have supported physical and social
survival for tens of thousands of years."
"The action and knowledge
of those old games is powerful," says DeeAnna Leader.
Leader is the former
Director of the International Traditional Games Society.
conference, June 26-28, 2013, is planned for deeper understanding
between tribal games experts and modern neuroscientists:
Speaking on the
values and purposes
of indigenous games:
Dr. Gregory Cajete, University of New Mexico;
Oren Lyons, Onondaga National Council of Chiefs
Speaking to the biological benefits of games:
Dr. Jaak Panksepp,
Dr. Sergio Pellis, University of Lethbridge, Alberta (neurobiology
Craig Falcon, the
Executive Director of the International Traditional Games Society,
says, "In the past, vigorous, physical competitions connected tribal
people with the spirit of healing and power. Other competitions called 'games of chance and intuition' developed
social and emotional sensed that supported survival. Mankind's
future may depend on re-acquiring those traits for adaption to a
highly complicated, modern society."
Traditional Games Conference is sponsored by
Salish Kootenai College and the Traditional Games
Society. It will feature indigenous games, horse culture games, and the
neurobiology of play and joy.
Sessions include presenters for
museums, parks & recreation, and tribal
agencies that use traditional North American Indian games to
teach health, history, and social/emotional
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