Cowboys and Indians

Did you ever play cowboys and Indians? Maybe you are too young to have that childhood pastime as part of your history. You might even be so young that even knowing how to play cowboys and Indians didn’t make it into your skill set. If you want to test your non-digital playtime acuity, try this very short pop quiz.

Question:

When a few children – almost always all boys – got together to play cowboys and Indians, how did the kids decide who were the Indians?

Answer:

They usually didn’t. There were only cowboys. The Indians were a figment of their vivid imaginations.

Question:

What was the point of playing cowboys and Indians?

Answer:

To run around stealthily and somewhat randomly while shooting imaginary Indians with cap cracking six-shooters.

How did you do? If you passed the quiz with flying colors, you also know that the Indians always lost, and the cowboys never failed to vanquish those primitive savages. The good guys always won and the bad guys always either died during the battle or tucked tail and ran.