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Awithlaknakwe DLP Game   

Period Modern

Region Northern America

Category Board, War, Custodial


Awithlaknakwe is a game with custodial captures played by the Zuni people of the southwest United States from the late nineteenth century.


12x12 board, with a line of six extra squares centered on each side. Diagonals in every square. Pieces are played on the intersections of lines. Played with two or four players; with four players, the top and left players play against the bottom and right players. Six pieces per player, with one larger piece. Each player's six pieces begin on the central intersection of the extra spaces. Pieces move one spot at a time diagonally. When a player surrounds an opponent's piece on two opposite sides, this piece is captured. The piece is then replaced by the larger piece, which may move diagonally or orthogonally. Pieces may not move backward. When all of the players' remaining pieces reach the starting squares of the opponent, the player with the most captured pieces wins.

Culin 1907: 799.

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Murray 1951: 64.

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Culin, S. 1907. Games of the North American Indians. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press.

Murray, H.J.R. 1951. A History of Board-Games Other Than Chess. Oxford: Clarendon Press.

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