PENDLETON -- If weeks of watching the Olympics has you ready to get off the couch, check out the traditional Native American games Aug. 23.
A day of activities is planned at the Tamástslikt Cultural Institute on the Umatilla Indian Reservation to observe the institute's 10th anniversary and for the 13th annual Salmon Walk.
The day will include a chance to see salmon in the wild, eat salmon and play traditional games for children and adults.
For kids, that means playing "run and scream," which plays exactly like it sounds. Kids run and scream for as long as they can. The game originated during the days when warriors would run up to their enemy and scream as loud as they could during an attack.
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Other games organized for children by the visiting International Traditional Games Society of Montana include bullroarer, make the stick jump, guessing sticks and ring the stick.
Adults will be able to play traditional games such as hoop and dart, in which contestants toss darts into a hoop as it rolls past, or double ball, in which two balls attached by a cord are thrown over a goal by teams with sticks.
The games will be played from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The day will start with a 7 a.m. departure from Tamástslikt for a trip into the Umatilla National Forest to see salmon in their spawning beds. The guided tour will last about three hours, and participants should bring cameras, walking shoes, binoculars and polarized sunglasses.
Departure for a 6.5-mile hike up Kanine Ridge also will be at 7 a.m. Participants should gather at 6:45 a.m. for a bus that will take them to the start of the hike near Cayuse. It ends at the Deadman Pass rest area.
Hikers will be returned in time for the 11 a.m. salmon bake lunch. Cost for the lunch is $7 for adults and $4 for children.
Races also are planned, including a 10K run, a 5K run, a 50-mile and a 10-mile cycle race and a 3-mile family fun walk, run or cycle.
Registration for the races is free and may be done at www.umatilla.nsn.us/salmonwalk.html or at Salmon Walk. Admission to the cultural institute also will be free Saturday.
The Tamástslikt Cultural Institute is at the Wildhorse Resort Property east of Pendleton. To get there, take exit 216 off Interstate 84 and follow the signs.
*Annette Cary: 582-1533; firstname.lastname@example.org