Kitaskinaw School students give us reasons for our hearts to swell with happiness for many reasons. This time as they shared their knowledge of nêhiyaw metawewina or Cree traditional games with other children and youth. In the past our ancestors in all tribes and all ages participated in hundreds of physical activities that kept them in excellent health. Today, few people realize how important physical health is to survival and long life, but these students do!
Another reason nêhiyaw metawewina are good for everyone is that they place less value on winning -by valuing a humble nature, not bragging and by sharing winnings, and by giving away any prizes won to those who were the hardest competitors (those who made the winner try harder, and therefore do their best).
The social values of traditional games are still important