Plate game— bagesaan
What you need to play:
The manner of play consists in tossing up the bowl containing the pieces, the point being to have certain pieces upright when the bowl is returned to a quiet position.
In counting, if a “sun” is upright the count is three, if the men or the dog are upright the count is 10 for each. A score is also made on the position of the blank disks, which each counting 1 if falling with the white side up.
Singing, chanting, and other efforts to gain the good favor of the spirits is important to winning the game. These songs are usually personal songs and can be used to disrupt the luck of your opponent as well.
Snake game— ginebig
How to play:
The players are seated around a blanket spread on the ground. The order of playing being from right to left.
The player holds the four wooden snakes in their right hand and drop or throw them on the blanket. The score is determined by the position in which they fall.
The scoring is as follows: If all the snakes fall right side up, or all fall wrong side up, the player gets to take one counting stick and gets another play. If they score again, they get another stick and another play. If two snakes fall right side up and two upside down without the red line, the player is entitled to one counter and another play. If two snakes fall right side up and the other two showed the white side with the undulating red line, the player is entitled to two counters and another play. This is the highest score. If a player makes the same score on his second play, they again receive two counters, and if they succeed in making the same score on his third play, they win the match.
The counters are laid at one side of the blanket until taken by the players; if more counting sticks are in the hands of a the opposing player, the person making a score is entitled to take the number of counters from the other players in the number they win.
A collaborative effort of members of the Ojibwe and Metis communities