Play the Iroquois Plate Game
Thanksgiving these days is all about turkey, gravy and seriously delicious pie. But as kids learn in school, the first Thanksgiving was much more than that: a three day celebration at which the first Puritan settlers ate side by side with Native Americans who had helped them survive against tough odds.
Nowadays, as we mark the holiday this is a good time to salute the colorful customs of those tribes that once lived across our Eastern Seaboard. The Iroquois, for example, once maintained a sprawling alliance that stretched into Canada. Here is a “Sacred Plate” game that was played at the “Ceremonial of Midwinter,” marking the close of each year. Make it with your family this Thanksgiving, and enjoy it through the holidays!
What You Need:
- Strong, plain white paper plate (either use a reinforced plate, or place a simple plate inside a wicker “plate basket.”
- Markers in natural colors such as brown, black, green, yellow, dark red
- Six large, flat, dry lima beans