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Patol (Cuwee)DLP Game   

Period Modern

Region Northern America

Category Board, Race, Reach


Patol is a race game played by Pueblo peoples of New Mexico. Typically played by boys, any number of people can play, and it is a race game with three sticks used as dice.


Forty stones are arranged in a circle, with a larger gap between every tenth and eleventh stone. The gaps between the stones are the playing spaces. One piece per player. Any number of players. Three sticks used as dice, marked on one side and blank on the other. Throws are as follows: One marked side up = 3, two marked sides up = 2, three marked sides up = 10; all blank sides up = 5. Players enter their pieces from one of the wider gaps in the board, and chooses to move either clockwise or anti-clockwise. When a player's piece lands on a space occupied by the opponent, the opponent's piece is sent back to the space in which they entered. The first player to complete the circuit wins.

Lummis 1891: 183-189.

These rules were taken from the Patol ruleset.

All Rulesets

Observed rulesets
Patol Rules for Patol.
Captureless Pieces are never sent back to the beginning.

Incomplete rulesets
Fifteens Maximum throw of fifteen.


New Mexico

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Culin 1898: 763-765; 1907: 191; Murray 1951: 190-192.

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Culin, S. 1898. Chess and Playing-Cards. Washington: Government Printing Office.

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

Lummis, C. 1891. A New Mexico David, and other Stories and Sketches of the Southwest. New York: Scribner's and Sons.

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

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