National Geographic : 1922 Nov
THE ANCIENT GAME OF HIPBALL These huge stones, now in the Mexican National Museum, served as goals in the ancient game. Theplayers caught the rubber ball, weighing to or 12 pounds, on the hip or shoulder, never using their hands. The object of the game was to shoot theball through thehole inthe center ofthe stone. In the superb courts used by the ancients these stones were set in the walls, and players were sometimes made rich for life bythe prize ofa single game. Nowadays the west-coast Indians play the same game, but with a simple home-made equipment (see text, page 499).