NMAI Ball 1
Item's Choctaw Name: Towa
Item's English Name: stickball ball
Age: early 1900s?
Material: Wetscrape braintan and lacing
Dimensions: Average diameter = 5.0 cm
Origin: collected Scott / Neshoba Co, Ms, 1908
Current Owner: National Museum of the American Indian, #018849.000
Location: Smithsonian Cultural Resource Center
The covering and lacing on this ball are made of lightly tanned hide, with the grain layer still adhering. The ball was made by sewing together two circular pieces of this leather using a baseball stitch. A running stitch was laced through the baseball stitch. An additional running stitch was placed on each side of the baseball stitch. The ball was then turned 90 degrees and yet another running stitch run around the ball.