Indigenous games chronicled in new book
Kihcite Metawewina: Playing with a Great Heart is not only a compilation of traditional and contemporary Indigenous games and activities played on Turtle Island. It’s an invitation into Blair Robillard’s classroom. It’s a glimpse into the circle where Indigenous philosophies and teachings are taught with the hope of restoring the original intent of play.
The author, Blair Robillard, has been teaching traditional and contemporary Indigenous games and activities throughout Manitoba for over 20 years. He’s an instructor at the University of Manitoba, where he teaches Indigenous Games and Activities in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management.
The course provides students with an opportunity to explore, in theory and practice, traditional and contemporary world views related to historical, cultural, and environmental approaches to Indigenous games and activities. The physical education course has been highlighted by MacLean’s in it’s annual Canadian university publication.
His book, published by the Manitoba Aboriginal Sports and Recreation Council, launches Thursday, Jan. 23, 7 p.m. at McNally Robinson Booksellers.