Members of Puyallup Tribe playing game on shores of Puget Sound

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2.1.4-King-003

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Members of Puyallup Tribe playing game on shores of Puget Sound

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  • c. 1885 (Creation)

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In this photograph believed to be from the mid 1880s, a group of Puyallup Indians gathers on the shore of the Puget Sound to gamble. The game they are playing appears to be the bone game, where two teams of 10-12 sit opposite each other. One team has four bones which they pass to the distracting accompaniment of the pounding of sticks and singing of chants. The other team must guess who has the bones. In the background are longboats and a bridge. The Puyallup village during this time period was believed to be at the foot of South 15th St. KING-003, TPL 2897.

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