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STRING FIGURES

Eighth: Release the loops from the thumbs, the index fingers, and the little fingers and draw the hands apart (Fig. 430).

I have put this figure next to the "Coral" because, although a Navaho figure, it closely resembles that Caroline Islands figure.

In some respects "Man" is the most difficult of all the games, not because of its length, but because of the necessity of arranging the loops properly on the index fingers, and keeping them so arranged, throughout several very active movements.

The rings placed around the index fingers by the Second movement are peculiar to this figure. The transfer of the thumb loops to the wrists is similar to the

transfer in "Coral," as is also the drawing of the far little finger string toward you under the wrist strings; but in this figure the string is picked up from below, not from above. The Seventh movement is like the Seventh movement of "Coral."

TWO CHIEFS


"Two Chiefs" was secured by Dr. Furness from a man in Uap, probably a native of the village of Dulukan. The native name is Logaru-pilun.

First: Put the loop on the hands in the "First Position," but with the two strings between the hands crossed..

Second: Opening A.

Third: With the back of each thumb take up, from below, the near index string, and return the thumb to its former position (Fig. 43x).

Fourth: With the left thumb and index lift the right lower near thumb string over the right upper near thumb string, and then over the tip of the right thumb, and let it drop on the palmar side. With the right thumb and index lift the left