Chaco South American Indian Hockey


A game similar to Field Hockey played with a ball made of wood or rope by Chaco Indian tribes in South America, sometimes instead of war or to prove superiority over another tribe. The World Indigineous Games were held in Palmas, Brazil, in 2015 for the first time. This is a Maori video of the event from Te Karere TVNZTe Karere TVNZ.




[1] Wojciech Liponski (2003) “Chaco South American Indian Hockey” World Sports Encyclopedia pg. 123. MBI Publishing, St. Paul. Minnesota, USA.

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[2] You Tube Te Karere TVNZTe Karere TVNZ  Channel (2015) Indigenous sports teams meet in Palmas, Brazil for inaugural worldwide Indigenous Games [Internet] Available from:  [Accessed 18 May 2021]


Thanks to Emmanuel (Kimmage Development Studies Centre, Dublin, Ireland).

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