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INDIAN GAMES AND DANCES
Up to this moment laughing and talking goes on among the players, but as the Custodian divides the tally-rods and hands them to the Judges instant silence falls on all present.
The Opening Ceremony
The two Judges rise in their places. The north side Judge holds the four tally-rods in his right hand, the south side Judge holds the four tally-rods in his left hand; the two then walk abreast to the standard. There they face the North, move forward a few steps, pause, and each Judge holds up his tally-rods to the North, while all the players on both sides of the circle sing the following song:
Song
i Hail! O North! Thy wind send To blow care away, To bring joy to-day; Makes Eyes keen, Make Hands swift for play.
bring joy to-day; Make eyes keen, Make hands swift for play.
At the close of the stanza the two Judges lower their tally-rods, turn, walk toward the East, pause, then
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