$69 each
Game Pieces

Currently Unavailable


30 Minutes

OVERVIEW: Awithlaknannai is a fast-paced, checkers-style, abstract strategy game from the Zuni Indian Tribe of New Mexico. A notable feature is the unique, circular board. Move around the outer circle or through the center of the board to jump over your opponent's pieces and out-maneuver their best-laid plans. Don't forget that this is a competitive game and capturing is required when possible! Try to lure the other player into traps by offering up a single piece to start your own chain of captures, but watch out! Your opponent will try the same tactics on you!

ORIGINS: North America 1000CE

AUTHENTICITY: 90% *What we changed: Awithlaknannai is a moderately documented game that required no modifications from us!

HISTORY: Awithlaknannai is a jump-capture game from the Zuni tribe of New Mexico/North America. The name roughly translates to "hunter stones". Little is known about the Zuni Indian's use of game boards in Pre-colonial times. Board games were an oral tradition and many rule sets have been lost throughout the generations. For many years, Awithlaknannai was assumed to be a variant of alquerque introduced to the Zuni tribe after the arrival of Europeans in the Americas due to this lack of written history. However, in-depth study of Zuni artifacts dated to the mid 800's CE suggest otherwise. Items classified as religious totems are clearly Awithlaknannai and Kolowis game pieces and boards.

Awithlaknannai is presented in a suede leather pouch that unfolds to reveal a beautifully etched game board and luxury playing pieces. The rule booklet is made of an extremely durable composite paper laced onto the satin drawstring.

This compact take-anywhere / play-anywhere format ensures that your new game will always be accessible. The natural materials make this game stand out and are sure to be noticed. The patterns and imperfections on each piece and board add beauty and authenticity and also ensure that each copy is unique.

  • Durable, Portable, and hand-made in the USA using LASER technology and natural materials
  • Includes an 11" suede leather board with satin drawstring cord, attached rule booklet, and 24 playing pieces of 2 colors
    (colors will vary)