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60                 INDIAN GAMES AND DANCES
should divide into two parts, one part to form an inner circle and the other to form an outer circle. These two circles are now to dance around the tree, one to go from right to left, the other from left to right. At this time the leaders tie their wands to the trunk of the tree, but all the others retain their wands while they dance in these concentric circles. All should sing the dance-song, keeping time with the feet and waving the wands to the rhythm of the music. As the dance goes on, the time can be accelerated and the circles become wider and narrower, but in all these movements the rhythm of song and dance must never be broken — for the rhythm stands for the binding force of a common, social and loving life.
Song No. 4
DANCE AROUND THE TREE I Dance the leaves in sunlight, Dance the leaves in dark night, Leaves ever, ever dance on the tree, The Tree!
2 High we lift the green branch, Dance and wave our green branch, Each one is a green branch of the tree, The Tree!
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