Game name (and type): 'Crows and Cranes' (chasing game)
Alternative type: running game

Handwritten description of the chasing game 'Crows and Cranes' composed for Dr Dorothy Howard by an unknown author, presumably a student at Ceduna Higher Primary School, circa March 1955. According to the author, 'Crows and Cranes' can be played by 20 or more children. The players are divided evenly into two teams, the 'Crows' and the 'Cranes'. The name of one team is alternatively called out and they proceed to chase the opposing team. If caught, a player must join that team. The author writes that the game is won when the chasing team consists of all but one of the opposition's team.

One of a collection of letters describing a children's game written to children's Folklorist Dorothy Howard between 1954 and 1955. Dr Howard came to Australia in 1954-55 as an American Fulbright scholar to study Australian children's folklore. She travelled across Australia for 10 months collecting children's playground rhymes, games, play artefacts, etc. This letter, together with the other original fieldwork collected by Dr Howard during this period, is preserved in the Dorothy Howard Collection manuscript files, part of the Australian Children's Folklore Collection (ACFC), Archive Series 3. The ACFC is an extensive collection documenting children's folklore and related research.

Physical Description

Handwritten game description in blue ink on lined paper. Text printed on one side only.

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