Tri-Ute features traditional games

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Howard Richards III sets his sight on his target during a "3D archery" challenge on Tuesday, July 23.
Southern Ute tribal elder Dixie Naranjo displays a traditional shinny stick.
Don Folsom, community resource officer for the Southern Ute Police Department, reviews archery rules prior to the "3D archery" event on Tuesday, July 23.
Clayson Smith readies his bow.
A shinny game offered participants the chance to learn about the traditional Ute contest.
A group of Ute Mountain Ute athletes take aim.
Many athletes took a break from basketball or volleyball to compete in traditional hand games.
Zachariah Red joins Northern Ute tribal members in hand games behind the SunUte Community Center.
Mikki Roubideaux and mother Dixie Naranjo talk and laugh following Naranjo's shinny demonstration to the youth.
Athletes of all ages were invited to take part in a traditional game of shinny before the Tri-Ute Games Closing Ceremony.
Christopher White poses for a photo during a shinny game.
Tri-Ute athletes improvise with hockey sticks to play the traditional Ute game shinny, historically played with branches cut from local trees.
Fabian Martinez | The Southern Ute Drum
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum
Fabian Martinez | The Southern Ute Drum
Fabian Martinez | The Southern Ute Drum
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum
Fabian Martinez | The Southern Ute Drum
Fabian Martinez | The Southern Ute Drum
Fabian Martinez | The Southern Ute Drum
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum
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While many participants at this year’s Tri-Ute Games in Ignacio spent July 22-26 engaged in modern sports including basketball, volleyball and bowling, others took up traditional Ute games. First on the agenda was a “3D archery” challenge that had participants shooting at animal-shaped targets near Scott’s Pond on Tuesday, July 23. Spanning Tuesday and Wednesday, July 24 were hand games, which test each participants’ ability to misdirect competitors by hiding small “bones,” behind the SunUte Community Center. And a game of shinny, a traditional sport akin to field hockey, took place Thursday, July 25 at SunUte’s multipurpose field.

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