Similar to shuffleboard or bocce ball, a number of Native cultures in the eastern United States played chunkey. The sport was not only played for recreation, but also to settle disputes and spread regional culture. Evidence of chunkey has been found hundreds of miles from Cahokia, hinting at the influence of this cultural center.

There are variations of this game, but all versions share similarities. Give the instructions below a try and see if you can play your own game of chunkey!

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Chunkey. Cherokee Nation Website.

Native American Chunkey. Health and Fitness History

Pauketat, T. R. (2009) America’s First Pastime [Abstract]. Archaeology Magazine. 62 (5).

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