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INDIAN GAMES AND DANCES
paper should be made over heavy twine, so as to be strong enough for the dancers to grasp in the final dance. All these decorative articles should be made in the camp. The dancer who acts as the Caller should wear the green scarf loosely thrown about the head and body. If the voice of this dancer is not strong enough to be clearly heard by those who look on at a little distance, then two other persons should stand one at each side of the open space and sing with the dancer who is the Caller. These two extra singers should be wrapped in green scarfs and stand quietly as interested spectators while the dancer calls. Care should be taken to give the words of the songs with clearness and distinctness, so that every person within hearing distance can catch them easily.
The Dance
The scene opens with the one who is to call the Flowers standing in the center, looking about in differ­ent directions. Suddenly, as if the thought occurred to call for companions, the following song is begun:
Song No. i
CALL TO THE FLOWERS
Hither come, come to me, flowers!
Wake from your sleep. Oh, hither come, hither come, flowers! Hear me calling, Wake from your sleep, O flowers! Hark! some one comes.
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