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Google Doodle honors stickball for Native American Heritage Month : NPR


Artwork by Marlena Myles is featured as Google’s doodle to celebrate Native North American stickball.

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Google Doodle honors stickball for Native American Heritage Month : NPR

Artwork by Marlena Myles is featured as Google’s doodle to celebrate Native North American stickball.

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On the first day of Native American Heritage Month, St. Paul-based Indigenous artist Marlena Myles redesigned the Google logo to honor North America’s native stickball game.

In the November 1 Google Doodle, the G is pictured as an elder performing a pre-game smudging ceremony – burning a substance like sage or tobacco. An “O” is a medicine wheel, a symbol used by many North American tribes, to “illustrate that we are part of an endless sacred hoop,” said Myles, a member of the Spirit Lake Dakota/Mohegan/ Muscogee.

In a Q&A with Google, Myles explained the cultural significance of the game.

“It’s a healing sport for the whole community,” she said. “People don’t just play to win, but play for the health of their community. This sport has played an active role through the generations in our many tribes and it will continue to do so.”

In the game, players score points when the ball hits their opponent’s goal post at either end of a pitch. But players cannot touch the ball with their hands and instead use sticks with a net at the end to pass it closer to the goal.

The sticks in the design refer to the varying styles of stickball played in different regions. Myles said the Grand Lake poles are about three feet long and have a circular hoop for the net. In the Southeast, on the other hand, the fillets are more egg-shaped, and some in the same area play a version with two shorter sticks. Lacrosse is derived from the stickball style played in what is now known as New England, with a longer stick and an oval-shaped hoop.

The origins of Stickball date back to the year 1100 AD. It’s also known as “The Creator’s Game,” Terry Scott Ketchum, who is Mississippi Choctaw from Oklahoma and is in the Native American studies department at East Central University in Oklahoma, told Elizabeth Myong of KERA. He said gambling is a “way of life” for Indigenous communities.

“Just when you’re on this court and you’re playing a game, it’s like you’re escaping from this little colonial world,” Hoss Villa, a stickball player of Chichimeca Coahuiltecan Indian ancestry, told AFP. Myong. “You’re in a place where none of that matters, kind of like a time machine. You just go back in time and play.”

Myles hopes her drawing will help show “natives living in a healthy, modern way, passing the teachings down from one generation to the next,” she told Google. “We keep the traditions alive.”

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