Game type: 'Cowboys and Indians' (war game)
Alternative types: role playing games

Handwritten description of the war game 'Cowboys and Indians' compiled by Dan Waddingham, a 12 year old student at Errol Street Primary School, for Dr Dorothy Howard on 25 August 1954. Waddingham describes the game's rules, explaining that two captains select team members and establish a hideout. He states that players proceed to shoot at their opponents, falling down behind the hideout for a count of 50 when shot before re-entering the game.

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 paper. Features text written on one side of page only.

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