Hand game set of Box, Edward Bent Sr. (Eddie)(Red Ute), 1920-2012
This game piece is undecorated bone. Its surface is smooth and polished. It tapers to a blunt point on both ends.
This set of game pieces contains 8 items. All pieces are bone and taper to a blunt point on both ends. The surface is smooth and polished. Four pieces have no decoration. Two have black leather bands wrapped around the mid-section. Two have beaded bands in green and red around the mid-section.
1/11/10 (SRG): Neil Cloud of Southern Ute Indian Tribe provided the following information about the hand game. Pieces come in pairs: one with a band and one without. The game they are used in is a guessing game. You hide pieces in your hand and the opponent has to guess which hand has the banded piece. The game is played by women and accompanied by their singing. It is played still today. He has seen Northern Ute and Ute Mountain Ute also play it. The object is to guess correctly and get all the pieces.
Objects belonging to Edward Bent Box Sr. were donated to History Colorado in 2014 by his widow and executor of his estate, Diane Box. Their wishes were that his possessions return to Colorado, where he was born and lived much of his life.