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Title: From burning beans to ancient games At reader's urging, Wahree is explained
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Title: From burning beans to ancient games At reader's urging, Wahree is explained
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Language: English
Creator: Davis, Olasee
Publication Date: April 7, 1995
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TheDaily Nre FridayAp 7, 9m 19


From burning beans to ancient game:

At reader's urging, Wahree is explained
About wo weeks ago wrote an game in my aicle As you know, --his opponent, Ohe oppeone is left
article "Seeds Part of Oldest when rating a column fr news- with no tans o his ide fltler the
Game." The anircle walked aboul paper you have limited spice to moing players tro, the ip is
how I was an environmental tour work with. But lot of people scad over, nd the moving phler is i-
guide for a sixlh-grade class al and use thiscohun. tied o add all the ancapurd beans
Ricardo Richards Elementary Pnractally every dtay soebody n Ityo side so his simpe eam The
School on St Croix. As the kids stops me in the streets, church orf h ui i u saeil tegy of the game s to
hiked with me along the lack and whoever to say bow they ejo)yed s pisch a "wipe owu"
Imc Bay astal areas. they came reading my eriviroselal column If however, a phyer as a result
across a plant whose seeds were for The Daily News. playing pil. One player starts by of his own move ends up with no
familiar to them The kids knew leootherdday.onereadersaido choosing of hispis, takigall bans on his side, the opposing
thesesedas"burningbeas." me. "Olasee. your environmental the beoas out of that pil and dis- player must if possible mike a
In th article. I explained how a articles in The Daily News have tribuling them counlec-ciockwise. move which deposits at least one
mine using Ihes eedrs was deve- become a cy ui the wilderness and one to each plying pi, beginning bon on the opponents s side. U Lhis
oped n Africa mole ihAn 6.000 a political force in this community with the playing pit to the ght of is nol possible. the game is also
years ago and called Waire I said to awaken the people's conscioos-. he eselected.If at any time n considered over. and the player
tha the Walree me was brought ness of how import s it s to po- the gamebem am 12 or more beans wilh beans lea t in his piis addsthem
to the Virgin Islands me tuan 200 ect these islands environment" in the pit flo which he stars. he this storage are
years ago by African slaves. In the Students from the University of must skip this staning pit as he While the player with the
Virgin Islands, the game was theVirgin Isands, privaandpohb completesalaparound heboad. largestnumber of beans inssislor
played by making holes in the lic schools and people gmeal in A cpture is made when the age area after the game is oer is
ground and the seeds of the cae- his community have used she ari- last baais dled in a mov ends usually considered the winner,
salpia bonduc pati were usd as cles to do research ppe. up in one of the opponea's pitsso total count of 250 beans accDeolal-
well as nickels, sones and shells in this week's article, I usmethe t tlat are 2 or3 beans int hal ed over several games can be
Today. the game is played on a olumn to nswerhe questions f pi This i called "plsondeing" n Used odetennine thewinner.
Wahlr board. the reader who asked me to write oppoene's pit. The beans in the Once a player has picked t
This week. I amended an envi- how to play the Waleegame. plundered pi are T placed in the te beams fh ooe of his ; -
ronmental issue committee to This information on the rules movtingpyer'sseMagearae. In colephe bis iro Oa
address how we can keep abrs of and bow to play the Wahes pmse A Acglsehaloei teifrhutm beans."
important issou. especially envo- come from the Oz insatraicenal m ZFe.Daliin ypls a dja.- FO I W MFOUAIOi
roameaul aimies in these islands, paorphliofOware. ca to lde i6 i te i (ba only Contact saE. JaE oe
Afir the meeing, I walked toward "Wahree is pliyctlby Io lo ltbinIopp in' ). o Kal Boatng al 62-406 or
Company Street i Christliansted playars.sinogs boaidUcoragl 12 Thatbienl i se ul s of Ihe 692-4088.
aid wa.aspproached by friends whlo (slo a phye) and 2 sm oppoeM's piles can be captured if Otastee Dfs, wk holaas.
said they enjoyed die article "Seeds as. 4 beans arm distrilid.4 ao there is a sbrolokes sequence of tr ofscice degree in ra e Aem-
ParofOkldesitGm." each put. The objlof adse pme is p ha l,2oo m bensin eme. mteandforeds ecy is a
But tben, they asked if I did no tm o capnres 2or mo of beans, adja m ttho ptindesed pi St.Croix trMlogi l arw nd
explain how to play the Wahree Each player owns a row of 6 I tn eein player wpes out writer.




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