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Iyaga Game

Inuit children from Repulse Bay, Nunavut play a game they call Iyaga. A hollow piece of bone is attached to another piece of bone by a sinew cord. The bone that's shaped like a stick is held in the hand and the hollow bone is tossed in the air. The player must catch the hollow bone on the stick.

Materials

  • toilet roll, or other cardboard roll, about 4 inches long
  • art supplies to decorate your game (optional)
  • a sharpened pencil
  • string, wool or cord, about 17 inches long
  • unsharpened pencil

Instructions

 
Materials needed for iyaga game   Step 1. Paint and decorate the cardboard roll.

 
Step 2. Pierce a hole in the roll using a sharp pencil.   Step 3. Thread the string through the hole and make a knot on the end, inside the roll. Tie the other end of the string around the unsharpened pencil and make a knot.

 
You are now ready to play the game. With the roll over the end of the pencil, toss the roll in the air. Try to catch it on the pencil. Good luck and keep practicing!  

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