Not Just a Ball Game

Not Just a Ball Game (HM1ADB)

Location: Tulsa, OK 74119 Tulsa County
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Country: United States of America
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N 36° 8.143', W 95° 59.388'

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Pokkecetv Atekose Tokot Omes

— Sculpted by Sandra Van Zandt —

Pokkecetv mahoke tomes momes tomisen matekoset tokot omes. Nake acaket ontomen safvcket omhoyatet tomes. Epofvnkv emaye sarakecat omhoyates. Pokkape waret huerihocvt acayecet omhoyate tomes. Honvntaket momen hoktaket etemafvckake tomes. Pokkon temasaket onomat honvntaket tokonhe atekosen seyanicen, hoktaket enke atekosen seyanicvke tomes. Ahonkatkvt ekvn nafkak nomat solket omen elecvt nacomoset omes.

There are two forms of Stickball games; in earlier times only the men with the greatest athletic ability played the game. The game depicted by these sculptures is the social game played today by adults and children known as the Single Pole game. There can be as many as 30 tribal members playing the game at one time. To begin the game, a small ball made of animal hide is tossed into the air. The male players use a pair of sticks with a leather web and the female players use their bare hands to catch and throw the ball. To receive the maximum 7 points a player must hit the object, a cow skull or fish, which is placed on the top of the pole approximately 25 feet in the air. The player who hits the lower designated area of the pole is given the minimum 2 points. There are designated scorekeepers to determine the winner. On some ceremonial grounds the pole itself has a religious representation, similar to a prayer pole. The pole is cut and erected in a sacred ceremony. The game is usually played in the fall during the winter dance when the weather is cool. Today, Stickball is still an important activity at the ceremonial Stomp Grounds. It is also a recreational sport played by the community and intertribal teams.

Dedicated December 19, 2008, in grateful appreciation of our Centennial sponsors and the Oklahoma Centennial Commission.
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HM NumberHM1ADB
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Year Placed2008
Placed ByConcerned Citizens, Foundations, and Organizations
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Date Added Sunday, October 5th, 2014 at 10:39pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 230961 N 4003143
Decimal Degrees36.13571667, -95.98980000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 8.143', W 95° 59.388'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 8' 8.58" N, 95° 59' 23.28" W
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Area Code(s)918
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1800 S Cheyenne Ave, Tulsa OK 74119, US
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