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It is related that the goddess Pele enjoyed this game and frequently engaged in it. Ellis ' relates the story of the contest of the goddess with Kahavari, chief of Puna, in which she drove him from the island by a stream of lava.

27. Ku-ku-lu-a-e-o : STILTS. — Walking or racing on stilts is a common amusement of men, boys, and girls. Andrews mentions o~he as timber suitable for making stilts, and gives ha-ka-ke y " to stand on stilts."

In the Marquesas islands stilts were used, the foot-rests of which were highly carved. These rests were lashed to poles six feet in length which also were carved. Examples of the rests in the Museum of the University of Pennsylvania (Cat. No. 18,016) are carved, as is usual, with human figures. Brigham ' reports specimens in many European collections, and in the Mus6e de Marine in the Louvre, a pair attached to poles for use. An- other pair of carved bamboo stilts in the Christy collection, designated as " dancing stilts," are figured by Ratzel.'

Ellis 4 says that in Tahiti walking on stilts was a favorite amusement with the youth of both sexes. The stilts were formed by nature and generally consisted of the straight branches of a tree, with a smaller branch projecting on one side. The bare feet were placed on this short branch, and thus, elevated about three feet from the ground, they pursued their pastime. Stilt-walking in New Zealand is mentioned by Taylor * under the name of pouturu, and Tregear * adds araporaka.

28. Pai-pai-li-tna : Hand - CLAPPING. — Two persons stand

opposite each other and clap their hands in the same manner as

played by children in the United States. The movements are as

follows : (1) both clap hands, (2) clap left hands, (3) clap hands, (4)

clap right hands, (5) clap hands, (6) clap each other's hands, and

then repeat. This is described as a girls' game. They sing,.

keeping time to the play.

1 Vol. iv f p. 300. 4 Vol. i f p. 228.

8 Director's Report \ Bishop Museum , Honolulu, 1898. B Op. cit., p. 174. 3 History of Mankind, vol. I, p. 193, London, 1896. • Op. cit., p. 116.

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