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Indigenous Games

Indigenous Games

Many Aboriginal people see the traditional Indigenous games as a strong indicator
that their culture can survive. In this way traditional games are not only helping
Aboriginal youth to get physically fit but also inspiring older members of the
Indigenous community.

Traditional Aboriginal games were not only played by children. Some games involved
only men and boys, even old men, while in other games everyone was allowed to

It's possible to see elements of our modern games in these [traditional Aboriginal]
games. Keentan is like basketball, and Wana is much like French cricket, Kokan is a
hockey game and Koolchee is like 10-pin bowling.—Sharon Louth, education lecturer
at the University of Southern Queensland


- Can be played co-operatively where the aim is to keep a rally going for as long as possible.
- or as a net/court game where 2 teams hit a ball over an out of bounds area
aiming for an irretrievablespace in their opponents court.

- Was traditionally played by the people of Bathurst Island in northern
- A played with a zamia (Cycas media) seed is traditionally used as the

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