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June 30 - July 2, 2014

At the Glacier Park Lodge in East Glacier Park, MT


Learn more about the Native games in a beautiful setting, on the Blackfeet Reservation skirting Montana's most prized destination, Glacier National Park. 

During this two-and-a-half-day certification clinic, three levels of learning are available, catering to new and returning individuals who enjoy the clinics for a variety of reasons, from learning more about personal cultural identity to utilizing the games to challenge and encourage children, youth, adults and elders in the workplace, healing centers, and schools. 

“Not just for youth workers, these clinics are for anyone who works with people,” says Executive Director Craig Falcon.  “Elders and youth used to play together. That’s why our communities were so tightly knit.”

As generic, Olympic-type competitions replace the traditional games of old, ITGS seeks to recover and restore what’s been lost. In so doing, they discovered a window to the past charged with relevancy for today’s modern youth and a beautiful medium in which elders and youth can restore cultural identity. Promoting mental, physical, social, and spiritual health, the games teach survival skills and encourage unity in the clan, family, band, and tribe.

The fee is $250.00 and will cover one adult and one youth aged 8 to 18 years old. Supplies and tools for crafting game pieces will be provided. Students are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes and appropriate clothing for playing and crafting both indoors and out. Advance registration is recommended. To register, please contact us at games@traditionalnativegames.org

To registerPlease fill out this online form or download and print a copy to mail us. If you encounter difficulties, contact us at games@traditionalnativegames.org.

Lodging: We have secured a discounted rate (starting at $184) at the historic Glacier Park Lodge, where the clinic is being held. To book your stay, please contact them soon, referring to the special rate for International Traditional Games Society: 406-892-2525. Other lodging options: hostels including The Backpacker's Inn: 406-226-9392 and Brownies Hostel: 406-727-4448, hotels including Dancing Bears Inn: 406-226-4402, Mountain Pine Motel: 406-226-4403, Whistling Swan Motel: 406-226-9227, and the Sears Motel: 406-226-4432 (plus others), as well as lovely vacation rental homes in the area (www.vrbo.com) and camping at the Two Medicine Campground in Glacier National Park. 

Mission

The International Traditional Games Society is dedicated to the recovery, restoration and re-introduction of Native American Indian games. We believe our efforts to revive and reenact traditional games give power to the life-affirming expression of “What Holds us Together,” as we honor the unique cultural expressions of different tribes, including language, movement, and skills for shared survival.

Through workshops, special events and instructor certification, we are committed to the preservation of this core element of the first people's culture and traditions.

History

International Traditional Games Society was organized in 1997 by Tribal College Presidents and Tribal Culture Directors for the mission of recovering and restoring the traditional games of our regional tribes, including those relatives across the Canadian border. Find our extensive history here.

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