Gambling Game Sticks

About this object


The 'ivory' toggle attached to the bag cord appears to be a carved window frame of the type that would have been made for an argillite panel pipe--e.g., similar to the argillite window insert used in panel pipe #3260/61.

Physical description

Seventy-nine wooden gambling sticks (parts b-bbbb) in a deer hide bag (part a). The sticks are cylindrical in shape and are of uniform size; each has red and/or black line markings in centre. A few have an old white adhesive tag attached. Nine pieces are inlaid with abalone shells of different designs; one is missing its inlay. The inside of the bag has remnants of an old red and black Northwest Coast design. The strap of the bag has a carved bone(?) window-shaped ornament attached.