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INDIAN GAMES AND DANCES               133
Song No. 1
Skies proclaim a new day! We joyfully meet,
We thankfully greet, His* new name this day shall repeat.
The Leader of the camp must then intone the fol­lowing :
Hear! 0 Trees that gird our camp!
Listen, ye Birds that fly through the branches!
Harken, ye rippling waves on Stream and Lake!
Hear me! Into your midst has come a friend, He* bears a new Name! Ye shall know him as--------------- (name)
The announcement of the name should be distinctly made so as to be clearly heard by the entire company. The head-band or other camp insignia should now be officially put on the candidate.
All present should then join in singing the following song, clapping their hands as beats to the music as they skip back to breakfast and to the pleasures of the day:
* The pronoun should be changed according to the sex of the candi­date.
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