Idaho's Native Peoples was not only filled with work,
there was also time for playing games.
Cordage made many games possible because it was flexible. Tops, bullroarers,
buzzers and string games were all made and played using cordage.
Shoshoni and Bannock Peoples made spinning tops from wood and stone.
The tops were spun with the fingers, a stick, or with a piece of cordage
were a favorite children's toy. Made with a deer's patella (the knee
cap), or a deer's foot bone, the buzzers were twirled on a length
of cordage. Adults would also use buzzers, if they were born in summer,
to cause a warm wind to blow in winter.
Tara Prindle, NativeTech.org
called dumbi wuki by the Shoshoni
and tupi'akwin:u by the Bannock,
were used as toys. Bullroarers had a handle of wood with cordage string
and a feather attached to the end of the cordage. When twirled above
the head, the bullroarer produced a whirring noise . Adults who had
been born in summer, used the bullroarer to bring a warm wind.
Games were especially fun, and were played by children and adults
Shoshoni People living at Fort Hall called the string games