A friend said she saw some antique Apache playing cards posted on an online auction. She also said they looked homemade. Did the Apaches play cards, and if so, did they make their own?

A friend said she saw some antique Apache playing cards posted on an online auction. She also said they looked homemade. Did the Apaches play cards, and if so, did they make their own?

Flontrella Deveaux
New Iberia, Louisiana

I called the White Mountain Apache Culture Center at Fort Apache to get to the source and was told that the Apaches did indeed make their own playing cards. The cards were colored to designate point value, ie., a black card was worth one point and the red worth two points, etc. The most popular were games of chance and they were played mostly by the women.

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