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qiagu

This traditional Inuit game is also found in many other cultures.  The name Qiagu (pronounced Kee a goo) comes from the noise made by the string as it spins.

Players:

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Equipment: 

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Qiagu toy (needs a large button and 1m of embroidery floss)

How to Play:

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Make the toy
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Use a large button or wooden disk approximately 1" (2.5cm) in diameter.

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Drill two holes in your disk or button (if necessary) and thread the embroidery floss through.  Tie the ends together.

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Play the game
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Center the button on your string so there is a loop on each side for your hands.

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Hold one loop in each hand and make small circles with one hand so the string will twist.

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When the string has twisted tightly, gently pull and release the loops to start your Qiagu spinning.

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With a bit of practice, you should be able to keep the Qiagu spinning indefinitely and the strings will make a humming sound as they wind and unwind.