Lehal one of many games played at Secwepemc Gathering

Lehal one of many games played at Secwepemc Gathering

There were many events, sports and games played and enjoyed during the Sepwepemc Gathering held at the Esketemc First Nation Reseve at Alkali Lake this past weekend, but none is more popular than the ancient stick game (also known as Lehel or Lahal), an ancient Native American guessing game that predates recorded history.

There were many events, sports and games played and enjoyed during the Sepwepemc Gathering held at the Esketemc First Nation Reseve at Alkali Lake this past weekend, but none is more popular than the ancient stick game (also known as Lehel or Lahal), an ancient Native American guessing game that predates recorded history.

On Saturday, the stick games began at 7 p.m. and it was 6:30 a.m. before a winner was determined; walking through the crowd to accept the winning prize money (and hoodies) on Sunday afternoon are the Bert Johnson team (from the far left), Augustine Dan, Larry Johnson, Bert Johnson, Wilfred Johnson and Steve Narcisse.