Kah

Traditional Apache Tribal Game called Kah

There really is something magical about the world connecting the way it has in recent years through the benefits of technologies like the Internet. It allows peoples from all over the world to share their stories, their lives and their hobbies with the rest of us, so we can all learn together, as humanity, and grow as one.

More pertinent however is perhaps the different gaming possibilities this form of global connectivity brings forth, as before it all forms of people had and did fun things from time to time and now these can finally be shared with the world over. One such game that was developed by a remote people and can finally be shared with the world over is Kah, a traditional campfire game played by the Apache tribe. This is a rather unique game of chance and has several ties to their origin stories as well as their culture. Definitely interesting and certainly unique.

Greater Detail around the Apache Game Kah

First illustrated to the outside world in a 1906 autobiography on Geronimo, a powerful Apache leader in the 1800s, the game of Kah is usually played in the evenings after a celebration feast and around the same campfire. The game begins with those playing separating into two groups, the one group first adopting the role of the feathered tribe, or birds, from the creation story, while the others adopt the role of the beasts that opposed them. There are no fixed layouts for number of players on each team and can even be played between just two individuals.

The game begins after 4 separate holes are dug on each side of the campfire, that is 4 holes for both the birds and the beast’s side, and a single moccasin shoe is placed inside each. Once this is done it is the bird’s side that begins the game by setting up sheets to block the view of the beast team and then, singing and chanting, they place a bone into one of the moccasins in the hole. This bone represents the white stone from the Apache creation story that the eagle dropped upon a monster, which considerably helped humanity. It is at this point that the beast side are allowed to see the holes and then advocate one of the members to run across and hit one of the four moccasins with a club. If the player is successful and hits the shoe with the bone then the teams switch roles, the beasts becoming birds and vice versa.

However if not the teams stay the same and the birds hide the bone again. After each round the successful side gets a stick from a bundle and when that bundle is depleted the side with the most sticks is the winner.

Games of Chance around the World

The thrill of a gamble is exciting it seems to most every culture and peoples, in a weird way uniting us all toward a common and easy interest, but at the same time allowing for different forms of people and groups to build and create their own games, adapting them from others or going totally unique and different. Either way with games out there like Kah to be discovered, players and people alike should never stop exploring the world around us all.