Paul Ninham: Native American Traditional Games

Artist: Paul Ninhampaul ninham
Telephone: 920-370-3317

About the Artist
Paul is Wolf Clan and a proud member of the Oneida Nation in Wisconsin. He graduated from Arizona State University with a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education in 1984; earned his Master of Tribal Administration and Governance from the University of Minnesota Duluth in May of 2018; and has enjoyed working in the Native Youth Development field ever since. Physical Education, Parks and Recreation Management and Native Traditional Games is his passion and has allowed him to live, work and play in Durango, CO, Santa Fe, NM, Albuquerque, NM, Tempe, AZ and at home on the Oneida Reservation. Paul also taught Physical Education and was the Recreation Director at the Indian Community School in Milwaukee, WI where he successfully implemented Native Traditional Games into both programs. In August of 2014 Paul completed his duties and responsibilities as an elected Tribal Councilman for the Oneida Nation, 12 years of serving his Community and Nation on the local, state, federal and international levels have been an invaluable experience for him.

Performance & Residency Information
It is Paul’s ambition to teach and share Native traditional games (The Original Games) so that the games that are inherent to our People are perpetuated and sustained into the future. Paul implements culturally responsive physical activities as he teaches the games from a holistic perspective. He teaches the origin, history, and purpose of the games – as they have been taught to them. Through presentations, demonstrations, and game play, students are immersed in Indigenous culture as they participate in the six components of physical fitness: strength, speed, balance, power, coordination, and agility. When time allows, guided imagery and expression of students’ feelings and emotions are shared in a group format.

Classroom experience includes presentation, demonstration, and game play with up to 4 different games. Content can be adapted. Game times depend on time allotted in each class and based on 4-day residency versus full day workshop.

Choose from the following games. Paul can also provide guidance based on classroom space and individual needs.
Native Alaskan Games: Eskimo Stick Pull, Seal Hop, Butt Hop, One-Foot High Kick, Two-Foot High Kick, The Laughing Game, Scissor Broad Jump
Running Games: Ball Race
Field Games: Lacrosse, Longball, Double-Ball, Shinny
Specialty Games: Chunky, Hoop and Pole

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