Evanema

Evanema is a traditional children's game which is popular among the Moto tribe in Papua New Guinea. This game helps the children to develop balance and sure-footedness which are necessary skills for them to become good hunters.

Age: All ages

No. of players: several young children; 8 or more strong young men

Equipment: None

Time: 2+ minutes per child

Aim: To skilfully walk along the arms of the men without falling.

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1. To play Evanema, the young men line up in two rows facing each other at about 30 cm (1 foot) apart. Each young man places his arms across the shoulders of the person opposite him and holds on tightly.

2. A young child climbs onto the arms of the two young men at the beginning of the row. He then walks very carefully along the arms of the young men.

3. As he walks past one pair of men they quickly advance to the end of the row forming another pair of linked arms thus extending the row for the child to walk along.

4. The young walker continues until he falls off or gets tired.

5. The next young child takes a turn.

6. There are no losers in this game just winners!

Source: Adapted from "Games Around the World" UNICEF New York


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