Dr. Boas has described and illustrated (
1, p. 230, Fig. 5) a game known to the Eskimos of Cumberland Sound, Baffin Land, as Ussuqdjung. I have called it the "Circle."
First: Put the loop on the hands in the First Position.
Second: Pass the right index, middle, ring and little fingers from below, behind the left palmar string, and draw the loop out. Pass the left index, middle, ring and little fingers, from below, behind the right palmar strings; draw the loop out and separate the hands. This movement, which is like Opening A, puts each palmar string on the back of the opposite hand (Fig. 281).
Third: Release the loops from the thumbs and separate the hands.
Fourth: Bend each thumb over the string which passes between the hands and then between the thumb and index of each hand, and pick up from below, on the back of the thumb, the near little finger string (Fig. 282), and return the thumb to its position.
Fifth: Pick up the palmar strings with the index fingers as in Opening A (Fig. 283).
Sixth: With the thumb and index of the right hand pick up the string on the back of the left hand, lift it over the tips of the left fingers, and let it drop on the palmar side. With the thumb and index of the left hand pick up the string on the back of the right hand, lift it over the tips of the right fingers, and let it drop on the palmar side.
Seventh: Draw the hands apart and the central circle will appear (Fig. 284).
This is not an interesting figure, and appears more like a figure in process of development than one worked out to the end. The
Second movement is the direct way of putting the loop on the backs of the four fingers.