CAA Saskatchewan Summer 2018 - Page 47

Macklin’s bunnock courts The game, as legend has it, was created by early-19th-century Germanic-Russian soldiers who took to tossing horse anklebones to pass the time on the frozen Siberian tundra. (Macklin was settled in the early 20th century by German-Russian farmers and colonists fleeing unrest leading up to the Russian Revolution.) The soldiers’ informal game was not unlike modern-day horseshoes. Today’s version is slightly more structured: It uses 52 bones, 44 of which are divided up and arranged 10 metres apart on level ground. Two teams of four use the remaining eight schmeisers (throwers) to knock over the opposing team’s bones. The seemingly simple game, with just a dozen or so official rules, becomes serious business on tournament weekend. The Bunnock bones entire community of Macklin up close transforms into a bustling bunnock centre, filling camp- grounds, hotels and even run tournament has been played— nearby towns as competitors flood the rain or shine—without a major hiccup area for the one-of-a-kind spectacle. fo "V'FW"b6VGW'&fG0FRFW&VBFW26R@&6VBg&fB&F2SSG&w06ƖR&Vv&FPBVG'fVW27W'B6VG6GW&FB7VFbFRVwW7BpFFfW2B66&FW2vVVVB&VBS'V66W'G0v6'&w2RFגv6Ц&R6ƶVBFf&W"&6V&6&VvrFVvFFBBVƖVǒ2B6VVג6W62#vRFPF2GW7G&&R66VR2vW&RFPFRFW&W( 2F&RBFRv&@v2b6Ɩ&VǒG'Vǒ6W2'V666FFRbǐvF6WFF'2&vrvPf"V"27Bf7F"6g&ffRF^( GW2fBfVVW277W&RRFBN( 2BFRvpVFW'FVB&VW"v&FV2@"66&W2FB'&rVR&6&B&F^( FN( 2G'VRf֖ǐF6ƖV"gFW"V"N( 2FPB6VGff"FW&^( 2WfVvVW&W26VG7&BbF06VVV7FGW&rv66Fv( FN( 26FvW2PVƖgrFV2&R6BFFP6( BV'WB6RRvFgVvW7B&FFW"&v旦VB'6Ɩ( 0V'BWfW'6vRV"R&W0'V66֗GFVRFRfVFVW"Ц&WBBFPW76VF0tUEDrDU$Pg&66FN( 0&WB"RW'2fvvBg&Ц'F&GFVf&Bfpvv2#BBf &WBRW'0tU$RD5DvFWfW"W"&RЦfW'&VB66FF&V&ǓFV2@6w&VG2&WV6ǒf"FR6Ц6vVVV@FR&&Rখb7VFW2ffW'06g66FF0B6ƖVF'B'&Vf7B'VffW@6ƖR&Vv&fVGW&W23"6Ч6FW27v֖r&V&V6Bw&V@TBbE$䰧7W'B66&FW0'FrFRFW&ЦVBw&VG2RЧFvffW&FW26VFP7F6( 7G&WF6W>( Т6֖"FVW@V'2B7W&ǒg&W0C