What games did the people or kids play in the missions?

Many of the most popular games used sticks. Mission La Purisima reenacts a game called WAURI at the Mission Life Days that are held there. They use seven sticks (sometimes the neophytes used up to 12 sticks) which they throw in the air. The kids who are playing have to memorize the position of the sticks. The pile of sticks is then covered with a cloth and the participants draw what the pile looked like. Whoever is closest wins. Adults played this game with larger sticks, and often bet on the results. There is a really old drawing, made in 1816, showing a group of Indians in a circle with a pile of sticks, betting on the outcome.

At the Mission Life Days they also play with a mission era toy called BULL ROAR. The toy is a piece of flat wood cut like a propeller. You put a string at the end and whirl this around your head and it makes a humming sound.

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