Dakota ring and pin game
69.54.17, detail

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Description A Dakota ring and pin game, circa the mid-19th century. This game of dexterity is similar to the cup-and-ball principle and consists of three main parts. At one end is a long metal pin with a point on one end and a hook on the other. Connected to the eye of the pin is a thin leather thong, on which is strung four pierced deer toe bone targets. At the end of the thong are two target loops of white glass seed beads. The game is played by holding the pin end, swinging the other end up, and attempting to catch a target on the pin. The game was collected by Colonel John G. Clark of the 50th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Regiment at Fort Rice in Dakota Territory during the US-Dakota War.
Quantity 1 item
Format Content Category: artifacts
Measurements 19 inches length
1 inch width
Nomenclature Cup-and-ball toy
Creation Made by Dakota Indians
Subjects Collected by: Clark, Colonel John Garvin
Collected in Fort Rice, Morton County, North Dakota, United States
Made by Dakota Indians
Used during U.S.-Dakota War of 1862
Fort Rice, Dakota Territory
Dakota Indians.
Indian. Recreation. Games. Traditional
Dates Discovery: Not earlier than 04/1865 - Not later than 06/1866
(50th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Regiment dates of service)
Holding Type 3D Objects
Identifiers 69.54.17

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