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Catalog Number 4364-195
Title Game; Ring & Sticks; Elk Game
Object Name Game
Description Game consisting of a leather wrapped stick and a leather wrapped hoop. The stick has a U shaped piece of wood attached to the top and secured with pieces of leather and sinew. All of the pieces of wood are wrapped with strips of leather. There are two pieces of wood attached to the lower section of the stick. A piece of dark blue wool Stroud cloth is attached the U shaped end of the stick. The undyed white sawtooth edge of the wool is exposed on the bottom edge. This game comes with a hoop that is made of wood and wrapped with leather.
Year Range to 1934
Culture North American Indian/Lakota/Brule Sioux
Material Wood; Leather; Sinew; Wool
Used USA: Nebraska (Boyd), Naper
Length (in) 43.5
Width (in) 12.5
People Swift Bear
Zimmerman, Charles F., 1866-1931
History According to information in the donor file, this is a ring and stick for Elk's game made by Chief Swift Bear. The game is played by tossing the ring into the air and the player tries to catch it on his stick. Stick is held in the hand with forefinger pressing against a small projection that the best made sticks bear near the center. Caught upon the point it counts 10, if on the spur nearest point, 5, on any other point, 1. The game is for any number of points agreed upon by players. It is played to insure success in the elk hunt.

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.