Paiute Indian Culture

Cultural Resources Contact Information:
Paiute Tribe Cultural Resources
440 North Paiute Drive
Cedar City, UT 84721

Phone: (435)-586-1112 x107
Fax: (435)-586-7388

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Historically, Southern Paiutes had many popular sports and activities that they played. One of the games was called shinny, Que’pauck or Kwepu'kok (kweepok). It is similar in manner to hockey. The ball was made of buckskin or rabbit fur, the size of a baseball. The stick resembled a hockey stick and had the curve at the base. Another popular game was the hand game, or stick game, and is basically a gambling game. The bets would consist of valuable personal belongings, such as saddles, bows, rifles, etc. The object of the game is to guess which hand of the opposing team hold a white bone over a striped bone. The team with the most correct guesses wins. This game could be short, or last all night with many teams playing until there is a champion team. This game is still played today. Other games played are the Rabbit Head Game, stick dice, racing games, and target games with bows, arrows, and spears.