War, Diplomacy and Flying Flour

The final competition of the 2014 Indian Games was held in stormy conditions Wednesday afternoon.  Once the worst of the rain, and all of the thunder and lightning had passed, the game got under way.

CTCB04Capture the Chief’s Bonnet is the oldest of all of the Indian Games events, dating back to the 1950’s.  It is a five-sided capture-the-flag game, with each tribe occupying a territory.  Aside from protecting your tribe’s bonnet, and capturing others, prisoners can be captured by the conventional “Caught-caught-caught” method, or by hitting them with a flourhawk (sock).

Heading into this ultimate clash, four out of the five Iroquois tribes felt they still had a shot at the overall Indian Games title.  Only the Onondaga was out of it and, ironically, it put them into an important position.  “We really wanted to see the Mohawk win,” said ‘Daga sachem Nina M, “because they hadn’t won in so long.”  Consequently, the Onondaga ceremoniously handed their bonnet to the Mohawk, setting off a series of treaties that greatly impacted the contest.

“It was all about alliances,” said Noah, of the Mohawk.  “They were tons of them, and they actCTCB03ually worked… until the last game.”  Teammate Abbi stated that “we did awesome.  We never lost our bonnet and, in one game, we had three other ones.”

With strong play, and a little help from their friends.  The Mohawk won this final event fairly easily over the Tuscarora.  “It was a very active game,” said Ethan of the runner-up team.  “Everyone got to play all the time, and everyone had a good time.”

“I like dodging the flour hawks,” added Quinn, of the Mohawk.  “It’s a really fun game.”

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