Pick-Up Sticks


Pick-up sticks or pick-a-stick is a game of physical and mental skill. A bundle of 'sticks', between 8 and 20 centimetres long, are held in a loose bunch and released on a table top, falling in random disarray. Each player, in turn, must remove a stick from the pile without disturbing the remaining ones. The sticks are made out of ivory, bone, wood, bamboo, straw, reed, rush, yarrow, or plastics. Some Haida First Nation pick-up sticks are plain maple wood; they may also be decorated with abalone shell and copper.

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