CASA GRANDE — Cowboy Days & O’Odham Tash brings images of parades, roping and rodeos to mind, but there is more to the events.
The series also includes other events such as the traditional toka tournament, a softball tournament and traditional dancers.
Toka is a traditional O’odham game that looks a lot like field hockey. It was traditionally played by women. The game involves moving the o:la, or puck, past a goal using a stick made of mesquite or willow. The location of the goals are decided at the beginning of the game and the number of players on a team can vary, as long as both teams have the same number.
The game was brought back to Cowboy Days & O’Odham Tash in 2015 after a lengthy hiatus. The tournament will run all day Sunday, Feb. 16, at Paul Mason Sportsplex on Pinal Avenue.
A softball tournament will be held Feb. 15-16 all day at Paul Mason Sportsplex.
In a more traditional vein, dancing from a variety of Native American tribal members will be featured on Saturday, Feb. 15, starting at 11 a.m. and lasting until 5 p.m. at the nearby mound amphitheater.