Games the Indians Played cover

Games the Indians Played

The Games the Indians Played
Lavine
1974

Submitter: This book uses outdated and culturally insensitive terms like “redskin.” It contains a decent amount of research from when the author was a teacher on a reservation. He interviewed many of the indigenous people there and I’m sure meant this to be a teaching tool about the culture, but it is a really old book that is now falling apart. Plus, it just gives off vibes of “oh, let’s look at the white man’s view of the savages’ primitive games.”

Holly: I’ve been learning a lot about collection diversity audits recently. While libraries may solely be looking for the percentage of materials about and by BIPOC, they need to use the opportunity to weed inappropriate materials like these. Please, please, don’t just count it as “diverse” and leave it in the collection! Look at the materials closely and audit the content while you’re at it.

mature person's guide to kites, yoyos,frisbees, and other childish diversions

Mature Gaming

The Mature Person’s Guide to Kites, Yo-yos, Frisbees and Other Childlike Diversions
Dickson
1977

This book is aimed at adults and supposedly talks about all sorts of games and quasi sports. Most of the book is dedicated to Frisbees, Yo-Yos, and Kites. There are lots of photographs and illustrations. The book itself is less than 200 pages, plus a few more with diagrams for paper airplanes and kite construction. It is not in depth, and frankly not that interesting. Game history could make a great topic for a library collection. This book barely even scratches the surface in some topics and in others there is not enough.

I am not sure it would have been a good purchase back in the day.

backgammon for blood

Backgammon for Blood

Backgammon for Blood
Becker
1975

I had no idea that backgammon was a blood sport.

I have never played backgammon, so I can’t speak to the quality of this book.The title is kind of cool, so points for that. I did take a look at the beginning chapters and still didn’t quite “get it”.  I’m not very quick on picking up games.

As a weeding candidate, unless the rules have changed or the tone or vocabulary is dated, I wouldn’t necessarily toss this. Given that the book is over 40 years old, it’s not too bad.