Upcoming Events 

The International Traditional Games Society provides demonstrations, 

certification clinics, training, and cultural events. Here is a current list of events:

Blackfeet Indian Summer Games 2014

Thursday, September 25th from 10am to 2pm

At Stampede Park & Pow Wow Grounds in Browning, MT

Join us for an incredible event that touches the heart of our community. Blackfeet Indian Summer Games 2014 will bring several horse teams together for a series of horse events including Indian Relay, Hide Race, Rescue Race, Night Shirt Race, Horse Hoop & Spear and more! You won't want to miss it. Gate entrance fees are $5 per person (3 and under free). Cash prizes for relay winners. See event schedule below.

Event Highlights

On the Pow Wow Grounds (FREE): 
10:00 am - 2:30 pm > Observe local middle school students as they learn and play traditional Dog Day games like Shinney, Doubleball, Hoop and Long Arrow, and more (located on the Pow Wow Grounds, both in- and outside the Stick Game Arbor and outside the Museum of the Plains Indian)

In Stampede Park ($5 per person):
10:00 am - Noon > Attend horse history clinics and traditional horse game demos
1:00 pm > Opening prayer
1:00 - 4:00 pm > Enjoy horse relay events

Please contact us regarding horse event registration or vendor information at games@traditionalnativegames.org.

Certification Clinics

Give something back… Become a "traditional games" certified instructor!

Individuals wishing to teach traditional games must complete our certification process. There are three levels of certification, each requiring the previous level completion. After all three are completed, participants may teach traditional games
 as part of Montana's "Indian Education for All" curriculum for Grades K-12. 

Certification for teaching traditional Native games include:

  •  The recommended procedures for recovering and restoring traditional games, including learning about each game's cultural significance and making the handcrafted game pieces to each game
  • Connections with advisors, teachers, and coaches who use the games as tools to educate modern youth and adults
  • Certification and permission to teach the many tribal games that have come into the traditional games' blanket with permission for all people to play
  • Knowledge that will enhance goals for: healthy lifestyles, family fun and humor, increased connections with values of the past, developing social skills, and building spiritual connections                                                      

Who should attend?

ITGS clinics are for everyone! The games offer effective tools for healthy living across the board, applying to families, bands, clans, tribal programs, schools, colleges, museums, parks & recreation, health programs, youth programs, and more!

Since Browning Middle School teachers researched the "Blackfeet Children's Games" in 1990, many communities in Montana have found that the nature of games brings joy to classroom learning and to community events.

The American Indian games involved stories, crafting, values, history, and play. The subject areas for learning cross over from Health Enhancement into math, arts and crafts, music, social studies, and science.

The games also offer a framework of learning for those who have not been exposed to Indian culture or history. Non-native teachers have gained incredible knowledge of Native culture and history through ITGS certification clinics, always offered to various ages, ethnicities, and social-economical statuses.  


"I am so impressed and appreciative with what your society is doing! Traditional Games Society is helping everyone to understand the traditional ways and culture. It's exposing the people, young and old, to ways that haven't been practiced for many years. It's giving us a sense of belonging and pride because these ways come from our customs and traditions. Pinamiya, thank you."

-Sonya Smoker-St.Marks of Frazer, MT

Contact us! Email games@traditionalnativegames.org or call 406-226-9141

Don't see a clinic in your area? Learn more about hosting a special clinic for your employees, students, or organization (here). 

Past Events

Traditional Games Certification Clinic in East Glacier Park, MT on June 30-July 2, 2014 at Glacier Park Lodge. All levels

Traditional Games Certification Clinic in Ulm, MT on April 25-27, 2014 for Montana State Parks employees at First Nations Buffalo Jump. All levels

Traditional Games Certification Clinics in Browning, MT at the Blackfeet Stampede Grounds in October 2014. All levels

First International Native Games Conference at the Salish Kootenai College in Pablo, MT in June 2013.

Traditional Games Certification Clinic in East Glacier Park, MT on June 18-20, 2012. 

Tribal Horse Culture Clinic in Browning, Montana at the Blackfeet Stampede Grounds on June 25-27, 2012.  Sponsored by ITGS. Level 1 & II. 

Lodge Pole Gallery, 3 miles east of Browning, Montana on July 11, 2012, 1-5pm. Tourist demonstration of "Dog Day" traditional Native games.

University of Montana, Missoula, MT
east of Browning, Montana: July 7, 2012, 8:30 am to 4:00 pm of "Dog Day" traditional Native games for high school youth of the Upward Bound college program.

Tribal Horse Culture Clinic in Calgary, AB, Canada on January 17-19, 2011.
Sponsored by Aboriginal Friendship Center of Calgary. Level I only.

“Best Practices Conference”  for Montana's Indian Education Department in Helena, MT at the Best Western Great Northern Conference Center on February 7-8, 2011.

Traditional Games Certification Clinics in Ulm, MT on March 26-27, 2011 for First Nations Buffalo Jump. Level I only. 

Tribal Horse Culture Clinic in Calgary, AB, Canada on May 12-14, 2011. Sponsored by Aboriginal Friendship Center of Calgary. Level I & II. 

Tribal Horse Culture Clinic in Browning, MT, on June 15-17, 2011. Sponsored by ITGS. Level I & II. 

Traditional Games Certification Clinic at the Glacier Park Lodge in East Glacier Park, MT on June 20-22, 2011. Sponsored by ITGS. Levels I, II, and III.  

First International Conference on Traditional Games in Pablo, Montana at Salish Kootenai College Campus. Rescheduled to 2012.  

Traditional Games Certification Clinics
 at Salish Kootenai College in Pablo, MT on October 20-22, 2011. Level I & II training for college students and teachers. 

Traditional Games Certification Clinic in Kalispell, MT on October 21-22, 2010. Sponsored by Missoula County Public Schools. Level I and II. 

Traditional Games Certification Clinic in Pablo, MT on November 11-12, 2010. Sponsored by Salish Kootenai College. Level I and II. 

Traditional Games Certification Clinic in Regina, SK, Canada on September 13-15, 2010. Sponsored by U Sask/Regina. Level I only. 

Traditional Games Certification Clinic in East Glacier Park, MT on June 22-24, 2010. Levels I and II.

"Traditional Games Camp - For Families "  at the Chewing Black Bones Campground on Lower St. Mary's Lake, Blackfeet Reservation, MT on July 29-31 2010

Traditional Games Certification Clinic in 
Havre, MT on August 2-4, 2010. Sponsored by Havre Public Schools. 

Traditional Games Certification Clinic 
Missoula, MT on August 9-10, 2010. Sponsored by Missoula County Public Schools. Level I only. 

Traditional Games Certification Clinic 
in Billings, MT on August 17-19, 2010. Available exclusively for Billings Public School System employees with preference given to certified HPE teachers. Level I only

Montana Tourism Conference - Traditional Games Demo in 
Kalispell, MT at the Red Lion Hotel and Conference Center on April 7, 2010, 6-7 pm. FREE & open to the public.

Traditional Games Certification Clinic in 
Wolfpoint, MT on June  7-9, 2010. Reserved for employees of Wolf Point School district and Wolf Point community to a maximum of 40  participants. Sponsored by Wolf Point Indian Education   Kalispell Committee (WPIEC)/JOM

Traditional Games Certification Clinic - TREATY 8  Schools in 
Wabasca, AB, Canada, on March 22-24, 2010. Level I only.

Traditional Games Instructor Certification Clinic in Stony Plain, AB, Canada on March 25-27, 2010. Sponsored by Mother Earth's Children's Charter School. Levels I & II.

Traditional Games Instructor Certification Clinic
in Bozeman, MT on October 15-16, 2009. Levels 1 & II.

Traditional Games Instructor Certification Clinic in Browning, MT on October 14-16, 2009. Sponsored by Carol M. White for employees of Browning Public Schools & BPS Indian Education Dept. Levels I & II. 

Traditional Games Instructor Certification Clinic in Stony Plain, AB, Canada on September 17-19, 2009. Sponsored by Mother Earth's Children's Charter School. Levels I only.

Traditional Games Certification Clinic in East Glacier Park, MT on June, 10-12, 2009. Traditional Native Games education program. 

"Traditional Games Camp - For Families" at the Chewing Black Bones Campground on Lower St. Mary's Lake, Blackfeet Reservation, MT on July 16-19, 2009. 

Traditional Games Certification Clinic in Helena, MT at the Helena Indian Alliance on April 3-5, 2009. 

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