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90                 INDIAN GAMES AND DANCES
duty of the Judges to select the Custodian, the six Sing­ers, the two Guessers; to preserve order, decide when there are disputes, and to lead in the opening ceremony.
The Custodian has charge of all the properties, must place them as directed, move the drum from side to side, and at the close of the game gather all the articles required for the game and put them in a place of safe keeping for use at another time. The Custodian wears the official white scarf tied about the waist. This officer does not wear any rosette, as the Custodian does not be­long to either side but to all who take part in the game.
The Judge on the north side must wear the blue official scarf. This is crossed over the breast from the right shoulder, on which is the blue rosette, to the waist on the left side, where it is tied. The Judge on the south side wears the green official scarf. This is crossed over the breast from the left shoulder, where is the green rosette, to the waist at the right side, where it is tied.
The six Singers, three for each side, sit in an open group on the ground near the ends of the rug, those wearing blue rosettes on the north and those wearing green rosettes on the south side. The players take their seats on the ground on the line of the circle, those wear­ing blue rosettes on the north half, those wearing green rosettes on the south half of the circle.
When all are in their places the Custodian leads the two Judges to the rug, on which they are to sit a little back of the wands — blue to the North, green to the South. The Custodian then takes up the tally-rods, gives four to each of the Judges and retires to stand back of the rug, behind the Judges, ready for duty.
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