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Catalog Number 4364-196-(8)
Title Pole; For Hoop & Pole Game
Object Name Game
Description Pole used in the hoop and pole game. The pole is broken in two pieces with adhesive from old repair on break. The pole is blunt at both ends. Shaft is decorated with a diamond design extending the length of the pole. The decoration is burnt into the wood.
Year Range to 1934
Culture North American Indian/Sioux/Brule
Material wood
Used USA: Nebraska (Boyd), Naper
Height (in) 0.437
Length (in) 26.5
Width (in) 0.437
People Swift Bear
Zimmerman, Charles F., 1866-1931
History According to donation records, this is a game made by Chief Swift Bear, consisting of seven wheels and four sticks. It is a man's game and there are 3 players, one rolling the wheel while the other 2 run after it and throw the sticks so as to cross the wheel in a certain position. The throwers are the contestants, the one rolling the wheel merely an assistant. It is a means of gambling and high stakes are sometimes wagered.

Collected by Charles F. Zimmerman. Zimmerman was born in 1866 in La Porte, Indiana and spent his youth in Iowa. He came to Boyd County Nebraska in 1883. He spent several years farming and then went to college to study medicine. He studied at the Omaha Medical College, the medical college in Sioux City, Iowa, and Grant's Medical College of Chattanooga, Tennessee, where he graduated in 1898. In 1907 he became a registered pharmacist. He was employed by the Indian Service for 27 years. He also operated a drug store at Naper and served as a doctor in the community. He was said to have had a lucrative practice over several counties in two states. In 1897 he married Mollie R. Sprinkle. Mollie studied pharmacy and nursing under her husband and assisted him in the drug store and with nursing. They had two daughters who passed away as infants. As a hobby, Charles collected Native American objects. Most were said to have been gifts, however some were purchased. His store was said to have been decorated with "mounted animals and birds in lifelike poses, perched on shelves, in show cases and windows. Petrified bones, buffalo skulls, horns, ancient vases and what not, are in evidence everywhere. . . Another door opens to the doctor's consultation room and here the Indian relics and curios are displayed. Each of the different articles is numbered and tagged, with a history and description. There are nearly 300 articles.. ." Charles Zimmerman passed away at home in Naper, Nebraska on November 15, 1931. After Mr. Zimmerman's death, Mrs. Zimmerman took full charge of the store. The collection came to the Nebraska State Historical Society in 1934.
Credit line Dr. and Mrs. Charles F. Zimmerman, Naper (Boyd), Nebraska
Collection Zimmerman, Dr. and Mrs. Charles F.
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