Cree Boys with bows and arrows

© Glenbow Museum Archives


The bow and arrow were intrinsic to the way of life of many First Nations groups. It is a superb weapon for stalking prey, quietly and efficiently. Archery games took on many challenging forms: speed shooting, shooting at moving targets, and shooting for accuracy (3-D archery).

This learning collection is based on the Virtual Museum of Canada exhibit, Living Traditions. Learn about the spirit and diversity of Indigenous culture and heritage. Join seven museums from across the continent in honouring the North American Indigenous Games by exploring the traditions and histories of sporting events and games of yesterday and today.

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