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Warra was mentioned by Felix von Luschan in 1919 as a mancala game played in predominantly black states in the south of the USA. He saw the game several times at the Mississippi river in Louisiana and was told in New Orleans that it was brought under the same name by coloured people even to San Francisco. No rules were recorded by him and nobody appears to have researched the game in detail. It could be related to artifacts discovered by archaeologists at former plantations in Louisiana such as buttons which may have been used for playing this game at Evergreen Plantation, Ashland-Belle Helene Plantation, Orange Grove and Oakley plantations and pieces of glass and ceramic modified into gaming pieces that were found at numerous plantation sites in Virginia (Monticello, Pohoke, Poplar Forest, Portici, and Wilton), the Robinson House and the Nash site in the Manassas National Battlefield Park near Washington, D.C. Similar shaped and sanded fragments of 18th century English earthen wares are also known from African-American sites in Jamaica.
- Luschan, F. von.
- (1919) 'Zusammenhänge und Konvergenz', in Mitteilungen der Anthropologischen Gesellschaft in Wien; 48: 51-58.
- Samford, P.
- (1994) 'Searching for West African Cultural Meanings in the Archaeological Record', in African-American Archaeology: Newsletter of the African-American Archaeology Network; Winter (Number 12).
- Samford, P.
- (1996) 'The Archaeology of African-American Slavery and Material Culture', in William and Mary Quarterly; 53 (1): 87-114.