Chunkey

This game was played by almost all of the southeastern Indians, with some variation. All of the games made use of a smooth stone disk, usually with concave sides, and two long slender poles.

Generally speaking, two persons played and onlookers wagered on the outcome of the game. The idea was to start the stone disk rolling along a smooth piece of ground while the two players threw their poles after it with the goal of either hitting the stone or coming as near as possible to it when the stone came to a rest.

The sticks were about eight feet long, and coated with bear grease. There were several marks along the length of the shaft. One player rolled the stone and both of the players threw their poles after it. When the stone came to rest near one of the players' poles, the count was according to the marks on the pole.

The stones, generally made from hard quartz and perfectly finished, were considered very valuable because they were difficult to make from this hard material. These stones never belonged to individual persons, but to the town as a whole. Some called this game "running hard labor". The players would often keep playing and wagering on this game most of the day, staking everything they had on it.