Chunkey

Definition

Chunkey (tchung-kee) is a Native American game involving a rolling disc (or ring) and two teams of players who score by throwing their sticks to land as close to the disc as possible. The game is thought to have originated at Cahokia c. 600 CE, was popular among many Native nations, and is still played today.

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Timeline

  • c. 600
    Chunkey is thought to have originated at Cahokia.
  • 1804
    Chunkey game is described by Sergeant John Ordway of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
  • 1832 - 1833
    Chunkey is depicted in painting by artist George Catlin.
  • 1841
    Chunkey is described in letters of George Catlin.
  • 1901
    Chunkey is described by anthropologist George Bird Grinnell.
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