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April 1, 2013

First International Traditional Games Conference, June 2013
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 International Traditional Games Society

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. Their first 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, Washington State University (neurobiology of joy)
 Dr. Sergio Pellis, University of Lethbridge, Alberta (neurobiology of play)

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."

The International 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 educational programs, museums, parks & recreation, and tribal agencies that use traditional North American Indian games to teach health, history, and social/emotional skills.

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