The Mississippians were a highly competitive people and enjoyed the challenge of high stakes gambling and competition. Chunkey was the favorite game of the Mound Builders.
The Chunkey symbol pictured at the top of the page depicts a player holding a game piece called a Chunkey stone. The player was dressed in an elaborate fashion and the ‘Forked Eye’ surround motif indicating their place on Earth between the Upper world and the Underworld. The player is depicted in an unusual shaped hat which was only ever seen on chunkey players.