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88               INDIAN GAMES AND DANCES
at contain the "chief" — then the messenger takes the tally-stick that had been put at the end of the row of the opposite side and stands it in front of the successful guesser. He could not take back a tally-stick that had been won by a guess unless all the tally-sticks had been taken from the small mat. One side or the other must win twenty points to be victor in the game. In the pro­cess of winning the game the tally-sticks may therefore be taken back and forth before one side wins the entire twenty.
The victory shout is given only when a successful guess is made. The singing stops at a victory shout and is resumed as soon as the disks are rolled back to the player who hides the disks. He must be careful to keep all his dramatic actions and movements of hands, arms, body and head in rhythmic accord wTith the song. The steps and movements of the messenger must also be in time with the song.
Introductory Note.— This game belongs to the class of guessing games. The form here presented is adapted from the game as played by the Omaha, Otoe, Ponca and Pawnee tribes, among whom it is a favorite.
Properties. — A standard, or the camp flagstaff can be used; a blanket or rug; three official scarfs, one blue, one green, one white; two wands, one decorated with blue and the other with green; eight tally-rods, orna­mented at one end with red tassels; two small balls of
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E-Book - An Annotated Compendium of Old Time American Songs by James Alverson III