Stealing the totem pole
|Time:||approx. 60-90 minutes|
|Recommended age:||from 10|
|Size of group:||from 10 persons or more|
|Time for preparation:||2-3 minutes|
|Material:||totem or nothing|
Each Indian tribe searches for a place to set up camp. The camp is marked out using 3 pyramid formed sticks. A white sheet is stretched over the camp. The totem is placed in this “wigwam”. The task for each tribe is now to steal the totem from the other tribes and to defend their own totem. There is a member of staff in each camp acting as a referee. Other members of staff are spread out throughout the area as referees. Each Indian receives a scalp (life ribbon) tied around their left arm. The second aim of the game is collected as many stranger’s scalps as possible. Anyone who no longer has a life ribbon cannot fight further, but must collect a new scalp from a member of staff. The playing field should be approx. 200x200 m large – maximum 500x500m, depending on the group numbers and terrain. The stolen scalps can be collected and hidden somewhere in the playing area and are handed in at the end of the game to be counted.
The game can be a draw if one tribe has managed to steal the totem but the other team has stolen lots more scalps.
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