Two Skunks

Mr. John L. Cox was taught the "Two Skunks" by the Klamath girl, Emma Jackson.


First: The first nine movements are the same as the first nine movements of the "Rattlesnake and a Boy."


Tenth: Pass the thumbs away from you under the figure and then up on the near side of the two straight transverse strings (Fig. 243), and pull these strings down on the ball of each thumb and then up toward you on the back of the thumbs (Fig. 244).

Fig. 243
Fig. 244

Eleventh: Pass each index (with its loop well up at the tip of the finger) from below, into the thumb loop (Fig. 245); withdraw the thumb and pick up from below on the back of the thumb the original index loop (Fig. 246) and withdraw the index from all the loops. Now transfer the thumb loop back to the index by putting the index into the loop from below and withdrawing the thumb and straightening the index (Fig. 247).

Fig. 245
Fig. 246
Fig. 247

You now have on each hand a loop on the index and a loop held down by the little and ring fingers. The figure consists of an upper straight string, a lower straight string and two middle straight strings, also two diagonal strings on each side, which come from a twist around the little finger loop and pass obliquely to the upper string of the figure. The lower diagonal runs downward and passes under the lower straight string before it runs up to the upper straight string.


Twelfth: Pick up from below on the back of each thumb the lower diagonal close to the twist around the little finger loop and before it passes under the lower straight string (Fig. 248) and, holding the thumb against the index to keep in position the near index string, pass the index and the index loop (Fig. 249) from above into the thumb loop and withdrawing the thumb (Fig. 250) pick up from below on its back the index loop, thus drawing it through the thumb loop. Withdraw the index and put it from below into the thumb loop, withdraw the thumb, and straighten the index (Fig. 251).

Fig. 248
Fig. 249
Fig. 250
Fig. 251

Thirteenth: Repeat the Twelfth movement, and draw the hands apart to extend the figure (Fig. 252).

Fig. 252

The last four movements of this figure are all novel methods. In the Twelfth and Thirteenth, it is necessary to observe care in order to get the proper diagonals and pick them up in the right places.