Make and play this traditional Inuit game!
Empty film canister (or bone with one or more holes)
Wooden chopstick or skewer (3-6" long is best)
Remove the lid from the film canister and use the
hole punch to make a number of holes in the sides.
Cut a piece of string 6-8" long. Tie one
end to the chopstick and the other through a hole near the edge of
the film canister.
|The object of the game is to
hold the stick in one hand and swing the canister into the air trying to
spear a hole with the stick.|
this game is played to a story:
two or more players each having their own ajagaak, the players continue
to flip the bone until it is speared 5 times.|
represents the first five days of the hunt.|
the 6th spear, a caribou is killed.|
until 10 caribou are killed.|
the hunter gets 10 caribou, he must now bury (cache) them. This means
that he spears the bone 10 more times, with each time representing a
all the caribou are buried, they have to be dug up again (10 more
all the caribou are dug up, the first player to get his all dug up can
then begin to steal the other hunters' caribou who haven't got theirs
player with the most caribou is the winner.|
|All players sit in a circle and the ajagaak is
passed from person to person each trying to spear the bone. When a player fails
to spear the bone, it is passed on to the next person. If the player is successful,
she continues to do it until she misses. Whoever flips the
bone successfully to the count of all fingers and toes wins.