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Pakes, Fraser. ""Skill to Do Comes of Doing", Purpose in Traditional Indian Winter Games and Pastimes." Winter Sports in the West. Elise A. Corbet and Anthony W. Rasporich. eds, 26-37. Calgary: Historical Society of Alberta, (1990). Access Our Future, Our Past. http://www.ourfutureourpast.ca/loc_hist/toc.aspx?id=4049.
AB This paper by anthropologist and former ethnologist with the Nakoda Institute at Morley, Alberta, Fraser Pakes, examines the native peoples’ winter activities and recreational pursuits with the underlying intention of revealing its importance in establishing in the youth the necessary skills and attributes required for the rigors and responsibilities of adulthood. With a concentration on winter activities, Pakes commences his discussion by first relaying the reality of the harsh winter prairie climate that existed for the natives. Following this introduction, he goes on to describe the many games the children would play, the equipment that were used and the relationship they bore to future activities. At a time when warfare between tribes was common, many of the children’s games bore a direct relationship to the attitudes and skills necessary for success in future battle.