Strange Games

Today on Museum Bites we’re diving head first into some strange games. From bull leaping to ear pulling (yes, that’s a thing) these unusual competitions may not be widely known, but they have been immortalized in art and local lore.  Join me for a closer look. We begin on the island of Crete….

Gridiron

Happy Friday! Today on Museum Bites we’re continuing our tour of Green Bay, Wisconsin with a look at this fair city’s favorite pastime, football. Are you ready for some?! Almost 100 years ago, Earl “Curly” Lambeau and George Calhoun organized a fledgling team of local jocks to play a new game called gridiron football. Join me for a look at how a medical student, shipping clerk, and former US president all had an impact on this controversial game. We begin by rolling back the clock to the 1860s… 

Survival Games

Ear pulls, knuckle hops, and dropkicks! Get your game face on because today on Museum Bites we’re gearing up to play…the Inuit way.

Play Ball

In ancient Mesoamerica, pre-Colombian societies like the Olmecs, Mayans, and Aztecs were swept up in ballgame fever. A cross between soccer and basketball, with the occasional human sacrifice thrown in, this fierce and fast-paced game has been captivating fans for more than 3,000 years.

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