The hidden history of Indigenous stereotypes in tabletop games

By Benjamin Hoy, Assistant Professor of History, University of Saskatchewan Tabletop games have entertained and even educated people for over a century. While games today often sanitize conquest in North America rather than glorify it, they continue to grapple with the same questions about race, culture and history that game-makers 100 years ago encountered. Despite the increased popularity of video games, tabletop games are still thriving. The game and puzzle industry in the United States now exceeds $2 billion in annual sales. Dozens of board game cafes, including the wildly popular Snakes and Lattes in Toronto, dot North America’s urban centres. Board games even have their own holiday. On April 28, thousands of board and card game players from around the world will celebrate International Tabletop Day. It’s marked by…

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