Cultivating Change: The Board Game

Honorable Mention, People's Choice Spring 2020

By: Meg Mahoney, Caitlin Mispagel, Jared Pagal, Nicole Rios

Work with your team and the tribe to improve the health and sovereignty of the Diné and Standing Rock Sioux people.

Download the game files here

This is a cooperative board game in which players must work together to mitigate a number of health risks experienced by Indigenous people living on Native American reservations in the U.S. by gaining knowledge and performing interventions. The goal of the game is for players to gain an understanding of the various health risks experienced by tribal members living on the specific reservations included in the game, and how these risks impact community health. Players will strategize and acquire “knowledge cards” throughout the game, which will provide information to help understand what is necessary to perform interventions and reduce risks, thereby improving community health. The five categories of Health Markers include nutrition, cultural engagement, health care, environmental health, and mental health. Work together with 4 other players in order to mitigate risk factors and improve Indigenous well-being.

This is an amazing way to become enlighened about issues of sovereignty, food justice, and health in US Native populations. The depth and diversity of issues you can encouter in this game is unlike any other project I have seen on the subject, and a wonderful and compassionate way to learn the nature of the challenges, as well as the strategies for overcoming them. A inspiring project – Professor Kelty

comments powered by Disqus
Based on and Kishan B