298 The Book of Woodcraft At the word "Go!" each tries to unbalance the other; that is, make him Uft or move one of his feet. A lift ol a shift ends the round. Battles are for best out of 3, 5, 7, or 11 rounds. BADGER-PULLING The two contestants, on hands and knees, face each other. A strong belt or strap is buckled into one great loop that passes round the head of each ; that is, crosses his nape. Halfway between them is a dead line. The one who pulls the other over this Une is winner. The contestant can at any time end the bout by lowering his head so the strap slips off; but this counts i against him. Game is best out of 5, 7, 11, or 13 points. STUNG, OR STEP ON THE RATTLER — SOMETIMES CALLED POISON This is an ancient game. A circle about three feet across is drawn on the ground. The players, holding hands, make a ring around this, and try to make one of the number step into the poison circle. He can evade it by side-stepping, by jumpmg over, or by dragging another fellow into it. First to make the misstep is "it" for the time or for next game. Sometimes we use a newspaper with a switch lying across it. Each when stung sits down. When one only is left he is the Rattler, and may sting each of the others with the switch across their hand. BUFFALO CHIPS When I was among the Chipewyan Indians of Great Slave Lake, in 1907, 1 made myself popular with the young men, as well as boys, by teaching them the old game of hat-ball or Buffalo Chips.
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