Vol. 17 No. 2Summer 2016
On the Cover: With the world againturning attention to the Olympics, thisissue celebrates the long and rich historyand remarkable continuity of Nativeathletics, from the hip-ball players ofancient Mesoamerica, to Iroquois runnersto Polynesian mariners. Team sports werecentral to indigenous communal life longbefore Columbus, let alone the NationalFootball League and its first president,Jim Thorpe. The Mayan ball player on thecover still has counterparts in several smallvillages in Mexico. The player’s outfit,the fajado, still serves the same function,although the elaborate hip-guards of theMayan player have been replaced by stripsof automobile tire.