How Sllekméw'es is played:
Sllekmew'es, sometimes called Lahal, is a guessing or a gambling game that involved two teams seated across from one another.
Lahal is played with two teams of six or more players. The object of the game is to get all the sticks from the opposing team. There are six sticks on each side to start off the game.
Each team has what is called a Doctor. He calls the shots. For example, he decides who will be the "shooter"- the player who guesses where the white bones are. Doctors of the two teams play off for the Kick Stick (Extra Stick).
Four bones are used in the game. They are usually small enough to fit securely in the hand and not be noticeably different except in colour. The bones are either white or marked with a stripe.
One team (Team A) starts with the two pairs of bones. Two players on Team A hide the bones in their hands and hold them out to Team B. The shooter on Team B, using special hand signals, guesses where the white bones are.
Sticks, and the right to hold the bones, are won or lost depending if the shooter's guess is right or wrong. The game ends when one team has won all the sticks from the other team.
Some rules for Sllekméw'es:
When you are ready to show the bones, you cannot change it, otherwise you forfeit the bones to the other team. You can not go from one team to the other, but must play on one team only.
There is no time limit, for instance some games can last up to one and a half hours. Some games were played for high stakes and could last for several days. In these serious games a judge would sometimes be appointed to keep the contest fair. Some teams have their own bones, which they believe are lucky. A game can also be forfeited if, when the pointer points, the opposing team member is holding two bones in one hand.
The team that has control of the bones is the team that sings their stick game song(s). So it is up to the players to stay focused on the game.