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I AM GOING DOWN TOWN TO SMOKE MY PIPE

THIS GAME IS PLAYED WITH A BIG GROUP OF PEOPLE. ONE PERSON IS
PICKED AS THE MOTHER AND ONE PERSON IS PICKED AS THE WITCH. THE
REST ARE CHILDREN. THE WITCH GOES TO HER HOUSE WHICH IS IN A DESIG-
NATED AREA. THE CHILDREN THEN STAND IN A LINE AND THE MOTHER BEGINS
HER CHANT, POINTING AT EACH CHILD AS SHE SAYS EACH WORD:
I'M GOING DOWNTOWN TO SMOKE MY PIPE,
AND I WONT BE HOME TILL SATURDAY NIGHT.
I'LL WHIP YOU BLACK, I'LL WHIP YOU BLUE,
ESPECIALLY YOU, MY DAUGHTER SUE.
THE PERSON THE MOTHER POINTS TO WHEN SHE SAYS SUE WILL BE SUE
FOR THIS PART OF THE GAME. THE MOTHER THEN LEAVES AND THE WITCH
COMES TO THE DOOR. SHE KNOCKS ON THE DOOR AND SUE GOES TO ANSWER IT.
THE WITCH THEN ASKS FOR SOME PIE OR CAKE OR SOMETHING, AND SUE BRINGS
SOME TO HER, PRETENDING TO BE HOLDING IT IN HER HANDS. THE WITCH
THEN HITS SUES HANDS AND SAYS:
I DON'T WANT THE PIE, I WANT YOU, AND GRABS HER
AND TAKES HER TO THE WITCH'S HOUSE. THEN THE MOTHER COMES HOME AND
STARTS COUNTING HER CHILDREN, 1,2,3,4,5,6?6? WHERES 6? WHERES SUE?
SO THE MOTHER GOES TO THE WITCH'S HOUSE AND ASKS THE WITCH IF SHE
HAS SEEN SUE. THE WITCH ANSWERS THAT I THINK I SAW HER ON (AND SHE
MAKES UP THE NAME OF A STREET SUCH AS BANANA PEEL STREET), SO THEN
THE MOTHER GOES DOWN BANANA PEEL STREET, SLIPPING ON BANANA PEELS,
AND DOESN'T FIND SUE, SO SHE GOES BACK HOME. THEN SHE STARTS WITH
I'M GOING DOWNTOWN,
ALL OVER AGAIN UNTIL ALL THE CHILDREN ARE TAKEN
BY THE WITCH. SHE KEEPS SENDING MOM DOWN DIFFERENT STREETS SUCH AS
NAIL STREET, FIRE STREET, AND HOT FUDGE STREET,
UNTIL THERE ARE NO MORE
CHILDREN TO GO HOME TO. SO SHE GOES BACK TO THE WITCH'S HOUSE AND
ASKS IF SHE COULD COME IN. THE WITCH SAYS YES BUT FIRST, YOUR FEET
ARE DIRTY, SO YOU MUST CUT THEM OFF. SO THE MOTHER CUTS OFF HER FEET.
THEN THE WITCH SAYS, YOU WILL GET BLOOD ALL OVER MY CARPET, WIPE OFF
THE BLOOD. SO THE MOTHER WIPES OFF THE BLOOD AND IS ALLOWED TO GO
IN THE HOUSE. ALL THE CHILDREN ARE LINED UP TOGETHER WITH THEIR
HANDS OUT, PALMS UP. THE MOTHER SAYS, WHAT A BEAUTIFUL PIANO, MAY
I PLAY IT? THE WITCH SAYS, HERE, I WILL PLAY IT FOR YOU. AND SHE HITS
THE HANDS, AND THE CHILD WHO BELONGS TO THE HAND THAT IS HIT SAYS A
NOTE, (DO, RE, MI, ETC,) THEN THE MOTHER SAYS, I WANT TO PLAY IT AND
WHEN SHE HITS THE HANDS, THE CHILDREN REPLY, MAMA, MAMA, AND THE
MOTHER SAYS, MY CHILDREN, AND THEY ALL RUN HOME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Dramatic

Date learned: CA00001960

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WATERMELON CHEER

THERE IS A NARRATOR. HE STARTS OUT BY SAYING "HERE IS A WATERMELON."
EVERYONE PRETENDS THEY ARE HOLDING A WATERMELON. NARRATOR: "SLICE
IT IN HALF." EVERYONE PRETENDS THEY ARE SLICING IT IN HALF LENGTHWISE
WHILE MAKING A SLICING NOISE. NARRATOR: "EAT IT." EVERYONE PRETENDS
THEY ARE EATING IT, MAKING CHOMPING NOISES. NARRATOR: "SPIT OUT
THE SEEDS." EVERYONE TURNS TO THE SIDE OF THEM AND SPITS OUT THE
SEEDS, MAKING A SPITTING OUT NOISE.

Submitter comment: I WATCHED THIS CHEER BEING DONE AT A CAMPFIRE. AFTER A SONG WAS SUNG,
EVERYONE WOULD DO A CHEER.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; GATLINBURG

James Callow Keyword(s): FOOD FRUIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Athletic sport and exercise Gymnastics
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Dramatic
SPEECH -- Formula
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 08-00-1974

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KETCHUP CHEER

SOMEONE IN THE GROUP YELLS OUT, "THE KETCHUP CHEER" AND
THE RIGHT HAND IS CLOSED, LIKE A FIST, AND THE LEFT HAND HITS THE
RIGHT, AS IF HITTING A BOTTLE OF KETCHUP.

Submitter comment: I WATCHED THIS CHEER BEING DONE AT A CAMPFIRE. AFTER A SONG WAS SUNG,
EVERYONE WOULD DO A CHEER.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; GATLINBURG

James Callow Keyword(s): HUMOR

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Athletic sport and exercise Gymnastics
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Dramatic
SPEECH -- Formula
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 08-00-1974

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POLISH CHRISTMAS CUSTOM

AT CHRISTMAS, THE FATHER SNEAKS OUTSIDE AND PROCEEDS TO KNOCK ON
THE DOORS AND WINDOWS. THE MOTHER WARNS THE CHILDREN THAT THE WOLF
IS COMING. THE FATHER ENTERS THE HOUSE THROUGH THE BACK DOOR. HE
HAS A BLANKET OVER HIS HEAD AND A "TURON" IN HIS HANDS. A "TURON"
IS THE HEAD OF A WOLF ON A STICK WITH FLAPPING JAWS CONTROLLED BY
A ROPE. THE FATHER CHASES THE KIDS AROUND THE ROOM THEN SNEAKS
BACK OUTSIDE.

Submitter comment: MOST OFTEN THE "TURON" IS HOMEMADE AND PASSED ON FROM FATHER TO
ELDEST SON. THIS WAS DONE BY MY GRANDFATHER IN DETROIT BUT MY
FATHER DOES NOT OBSERVE THE CUSTOM ANYMORE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): MASK

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Dramatic
DRAMA -- Secular
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Christmas Season See F645.2 for Advent Season.
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Mask

Date learned: 10-10-1974

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STATUE-MAKER

FOR THIS GAME ONE PERSON IS CHOSEN AS STATUE-MAKER AND ANOTHER AS
BUYER. THE STATUE-MAKER TAKES EACH OF THE OTHERS AND WHIRLS THEM
AROUND (AS IN CRACK THE WHIP) AND LETS THEM GO. THEY MUST STAY IN
WHATEVER POSITION THEY LAND. THE MAKER THEN INVITES THE BUYER TO
LOOK OVER HIS SELECTION OF STATUES, AND THEY GO AROUND STOPPING AT
EACH ONE. THE STATUE MUST EXPLAIN WHAT HE IS AND PERFORM SOME MOTION
REFLECTING THAT PERSONALITY WITHOUT MOVING FROM HIS POSITION (EXAMPLE
IF HE STOPPED IN A SQUATTING POSITION HE COULD EXPLAIN THAT HE IS A
DOG AND BARK AND SIMULATE WAGGING HIS TAIL). AFTER THE BUYER HAS
SEEN ALL OF THE STATUES HE CHOOSES ONE TO TAKE WITH HIM, THAT PERSON
THEN BECOMING THE BUYER FOR THE NEXT ROUND AND THE BUYER BECOMING
THE MAKER.

Submitter comment: THIS IS ONE OF THE FEW CHILDREN'S GAMES THAT I HAVE SEEN WHERE
IMAGINATION DETERMINES THE WINNER. IT IS ALSO DIFFERENT IN THAT
THE WINNER IS DETERMINED BY JUDGEMENT.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; WESTCHESTER

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Dramatic

Date learned: CA00001960

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PUT YOUR HANDS ON YOUR HIPS, AND LET YOUR BACKBONE SLIP.
OH, SHAKE IT TO THE EAST, OH SHAKE IT TO THE WEST,
OH SHAKE IT TO THE VERY ONE THAT YOU LIKE THE BEST.

Submitter comment: THIS CATCHY LITTLE POEM LEARNED IN MY CHILDHOOD WAS SAID WHILE A
GROUP OF CHILDREN STOOD IN A LARGE CIRCLE. WE WOULD ACT OUT
EVERYTHING THE POEM SAID.

Where learned: DETROIT ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Dramatic
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse C750.526

Date learned: 00001960S EARLY

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LOST CHILDREN

THIS WAS A GAME WHICH INVOLVED USING THE PORCH ON THEIR
HOUSE WHICH WENT ALL AROUND IT, THEY WOULD USE A ROCK ATTACHED
TO A LENGTH OF ROPE, WHICH WOULD SERVE AS THEIR ANCHOR,
THEY WOULD THEN PRETEND THEY WERE SHIPWRECKED, THE PORCH
SERVING AS THE SHIP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Dramatic
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement

Date learned: 11-00-1972

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LITTLE SALLY WALKER

LITTLE SALLY WALKER, SITTING IN A SAUCER. RISE SALLY RISE, WIPE
YOUR WEEPING EYES, PUT YOUR HANDS ON YOUR HIPS, AND LET YOUR
BACKBONE SLIP.
AH, SHAKE IT TO THE EAST, AH, SHAKE IT TO THE WEST, AH,
SHAKE IT TO THE ONE THAT YOU LOVE THE BEST. I REMEMBER PLAYING THIS
GAME WITH A GROUP OF GIRLS WHEN I WAS YOUNGER. WE WOULD ALL FORM
A LARGE CIRCLE, WITH ONE GIRL IN THE CENTER, AS WE WOULD RECITE THE
POEM THE GIRL IN THE CIRCLE WOULD HAVE TO COVER HER EYES WITH ONE
HAND AND TURN AROUND AND POINT TO ANOTHER GIRL THAT IS FORMING THE
RING. IT WAS THEN HER TURN TO BE LITTLE SALLY WALKER.

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Singing Dancing Marching
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Dramatic

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HE WHO CAN'T DO THIS CAN'T DO MUCH

THIS IS A PARLOR GAME AND THE TRICK IS BEING OBSERVANT.
SOMEONE TAKES A BROOM AND POINTS THE HANDLE TO THE FLOOR. HE TELLS
EVERYONE TO WATCH THE FLOOR AND THEN ASKS THEM TO DO AS HE DOES.
HE CLEARS HIS THROAT AND THEN SUPPOSEDLY TRACES A PATTERN ON THE
FLOOR WITH THE BROOM, THEN ASKS THEM TO REPEAT THE ACTION.
USUALLY THEY CONCENTRATE ON TRACING THE PATTERN WHICH IS
IRRELEVANT. THE TRICK IS TO CLEAR YOUR THROAT BEFORE YOU BEGIN.
THE GAME GOES ON UNTIL ALL HAVE GUESSED THE TRICK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): INITATIVE GAME

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Dramatic

Date learned: 00-00-1957

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JUMP-ROPE RHYME

SALUTE TO THE CAPTAIN
CURTSEY TO THE QUEEN
TURN MY BACK ON THE MEAN OLD KING

Submitter comment: WHILE JUMPING ROPE YOU FOLLOW THE ACTIONS DESCRIBED IN THE RHYME,
FIRST SALUTING, THEN CURTSEYING, THEN TURNING AROUND. BEEJ PROBABLY
LEARNED THIS RHYME IN THE FIFTH GRADE IN GREENVILLE, MICHIGAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Dramatic
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse Game Verse
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 00-00-1967

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GAME

I'M A LITTLE TEAPOT, SHORT AND STOUT. THIS IS MY HANDLE; THIS
IS MY SPOUT. WHEN I GET ALL STEAMED UP, I WILL SHOUT:
"JUST TIP ME OVER AND POUR ME OUT."

Submitter comment: THIS GAME IS PLAYED BY A PERSON IMITATING A TEAPOT AND RECITING
THE RHYME. ONE ARM IS USED AS THE HANDLE AND THE OTHER AS THE SPOUT.

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Singing Dancing Marching
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Dramatic
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse C750.523
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse C750.526

Date learned: CA00001950S

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"BULU BULU" (FEATHERS)

DURING WORLD WAR TWO, JAPANESE AND AMERICAN PLANES WOULD
FLY OVER AND DROP PAMPHLETS OF NEWS, INFORMATION, AND
PROPAGANDA. SEEING THIS, THE CHILDREN WOULD TAKE SEVERAL
STRIPS OF PAPER AND WRITE MESSAGES ON THEM. ONE MIGHT
SAY SOMETHING DUMB, BUT ANOTHER MIGHT GIVE YOU A PRIZE.
THESE MESSAGES WERE WRAPPED AROUND A ROCK OR A STONE
AND THROWN IN THE AIR. THE PAPERS WOULD SHOOT OFF
INTO THE AIR AND THE CHILDREN WOULD RUN AND TRY TO
CATCH AS MANY AS POSSIBLE.

Submitter comment: THIS HAPPENED IN INDONESIA

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Dramatic
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement

Date learned: 04-00-1979 ; 00001930-1950

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SWINGING PRETTY

AT LEAST TWO OR THREE CHILDREN PLAYED THIS GAME. ONE PERSON WOULD
BE "IT". THEY WOULD SWING THE OTHER CHILD AROUND AND THEN LET GO.
THE FUNNIEST OR PRETTIEST POSITION OR FACE THAT THE CHILD WOULD
LAND IN WOULD BE THE WINNER. THE CHILD WHO WAS "IT" WOULD DETERMINE
THE WINNER. THE WINNER THEN WOULD BECOME "IT".

Where learned: WEST VIRGINIA ; MINDEN

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Bodily Activity
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Dramatic

Date learned: 00-00-1924

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STATUES

AT THE BEGINNING OF THE GAME, ONE PERSON IS CHOSEN TO BE A
CUSTOMER, WHO WANTS TO BUY A STATUE. ANOTHER PERSON IS CHOSEN
TO SELL THE STATUES. THE REMAINING PEOPLE WILL BE THE STATUES.
THE CUSTOMER MOVES OUT OF SIGHT AND HEARING DISTANCE. THE CLERK
THEN TAKES, ONE BY ONE, EACH PLAYER AND SPINS THEM BY THE ARM
CAUSING THEM TO FALL ON THE GROUND. WHATEVER POSITION THEY LAND
IN THEY MUST REMAIN THAT WAY. THE STATUE THEN WHISPERS TO THE
CLERK WHAT KIND OF ANIMAL THEY WANT TO BE. THE CUSTOMER THEN
ENTERS THE STORE AND MAY CHOOSE ANY STATUE HE LIKES. THE CLERK
WINDS UP THE STATUES INDIVIDUALLY, CAUSING THE STATUES TO ACT
OUT WHAT HE IS SUPPOSED TO BE. IF THE CUSTOMER CAN GUESS WHAT
THE STATUE IS, THEN HE MAY BUY THAT STATUE. THE STATUE HE SELECTS
BECOMES THE CUSTOMER IN THE NEXT GAME. THE CUSTOMER BECOMES THE
CLERK AND THE CLERK BECOMES A STATUE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights

Subject headings: Shadow / Pantomime
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Dramatic

Date learned: 00-00-1967

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WITCH IN THE WELL - CHILDREN'S GAME

FIRST PICK THE MOTHER AND WITCH. THEN THE REST ARE
CHILDREN. THE CHILDREN LINE UP. THE MOTHER SAYS,
"I'M GOING OUT TO SMOKE MY PIPE. I WON'T BE BACK
TILL SATURDAY NIGHT. SO DON'T GET IN THE GOODIES!"
SO CHILDREN GET IN GOODIES. ONE CHILD SEES THE
MOTHER COMING BACK AND SAYS, "MOTHER IS COMING."
THE CHILDREN PUT THEIR HANDS BEHIND THEIR BACKS.
THE MOTHER SAYS, "LET ME SEE YOUR HANDS." (THREE
DIFFERNT TIMES) THE CHILDREN SAY NO. ON THE FOURTH
TIME, THE CHILDREN PUT THEIR HANDS OUT. THE MOTHER
SAYS, DIRTY. DIRTY. GO DOWN TO THE WELL AND WASH
YOUR HANDS. THE CHILDREN GO TO THE WELL. THE WITCH
SCARES THEM. THEY COME BACK. THEY TELL THE MOTHER,
"THERE'S A WITCH IN THE WELL." THE MOTHER SAYS,
"NONSENSE!" THE CHILDREN GO TO THE WELL AGAIN AND
AGAIN. THE FOURTH TIME THE MOTHER COMES WITH THE
CHILDREN. THE MOTHER SEES THE WITCH AND SAYS
"OH, YOU CHILDREN ARE NOT LYING." THE MOTHER SAYS
TO THE WITCH, "WHY ARE YOU IN MY WELL?" THE WITCH
SAYS, "TO SMOKE MY PIPE." "WHY DO YOU WANT TO SMOKE
YOUR PIPE?" THE WITCH SAYS, "TO MAKE ASHES." "WHY?"
SAYS THE MOTHER. THE WITCH SAYS, "TO SHARPEN MY
KNIFE." "WHY?" SAYS THE MOTHER. THE WITCH SAYS,
"TO KILL YOU." THEN THE MOTHER AND CHILDREN RUN .
WHOEVER THE WITCH GETS (CATCHES) IS THE WITCH.

Where learned: UNCLE ; TOLD BY

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Racing Chasing Fighting
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Dramatic

Date learned: 02-12-1972

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GAME

SIMON SAYS. IN THIS GAME, ONE PERSON IS SIMON, AND SIMON IS THE
LEADER. THE FOLLOWERS DO WHATEVER SIMON DOES AS LONG AS SIMON HAS
SAID," SIMON SAYS DO THIS". IF YOU DO SOMETHING AND "SIMON SAYS"
HASN'T BEEN SAID THEN YOU ARE OUT OF THE GAME. THE ONE REMAINING
(BESIDES SIMON) IS SIMON FOR THE NEXT GAME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

James Callow Keyword(s): IMITATIVE GAME

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Dramatic

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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THE SAINT MICHAEL DRAMATIC GAME

THE INFORMATION PRESENT IS IN THE COLLECTOR'S OWN WORDS. BEFORE THE
GAME BEGINS IT IS CHOSEN: EITHER BY A COUNTING OUT RHYME OR BY
SOMEONE VOLUNTEERING. THE GAME FEATURES CHILDREN AGES 6-10 GROUPING
THEMSELVES IN A CIRCLE AROUND IT. FACING IT, AND HOLDING HANDS, THE
CHILDREN BEGIN REVOLVING AROUND IT
(IT IS IN CENTER OF A CIRCLE)
IN A CLOCKWISE FASHION. THE CIRCLE USUALLY CONSISTS OF 10 TO 12 PLA
YERS. AFTER SEVERAL REVOLUTIONS
IT ABRUPTLY BEGINS SINGING IN SPANISH
THE WORDS ARE:
A LA RUEDA DE SAN MIGUEL, TODOS TIEN SU CAJA DE MIEL.
A LO MADURO, A LO MADURO, QUE SE VOLTEE (IT NAMES A PERSON FROM CIR
CLE) DE BURRO. TRANSLATED THE WORDS ARE: EVERYONE GET IN SAINT MICHA
EL'S CIRCLE, EVERYONE HAS A BOX OF HONEY, TURN AROUND, TURN AROUND,
(NAME OF CHILD IT SELECTS) AND MAKES A DONKEY FACE. THE CHILD
BY IT, MUST NOW FACE AWAY FROM IT AND CIRCLE IT BACKWARDS WHILE STILL
HOLDING HANDS WITH THE OTHER PLAYERS. THE GAME CONTINUES
UNTIL ALL PLAYERS HAVE BEEN CALLED BY IT, AND
THE LAST PLAYER CALLED IS THE NEW IT.
(CIRCLE)
MICHAEL'S
INFORMANT

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT LIVED IN A SMALL TOWN IN MEXICO WHEN SHE PLAYED OUT
THIS GAME. THE TOWN, SABINAS HIDALGO NUEVO LEON, STILL EXISTS AND THE
GAME IS STILL PLAYED OUT. THE INFORMANT SANG OUT PORTIONS OF THE GAME
WHILE THE COLLECTOR RECORDED IT.
DONKEY FACE IS FUNNY OR CLOWN-LIKE FACE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Singing Dancing Marching
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Dramatic

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KISSING GAME

INFORMATION GIVEN IS IN COLLECTOR'S WORDS. SIX TO SEVEN GIRLS AGES
7-12, SIT THEMSELVES ON A PORCH-STEP, CURB, PARK BENCH OR ANYTHING
AVAILABLE. THE GIRLS ARE THE "DAUGHTERS" OF ANOTHER PLAYER, WHO IS
USUALLY OLDER AND PLAYS THE MOTHER. THE GIRLS SIT ON THE BENCH AND
THE MOTHER SWEEPS OR "CLEANS HOUSE" SUDDENLY ANOTHER PLAYER
(USUALLY A BOY ARRIVES WISHING TO SPEAK TO THE MOTHER AND SAYS
THE KING WANTS TO KNOW HOW MANY DAUGHTERS THE LADY OF THE HOUSE HAS.
THE MOTHER SAYS IT'S NONE OF THE KING'S BUSINESS AND
TO GO AWAY. THE PLAYER LEAVES AND SOON RETURNS WITH THE KING (A MALE
BETWEEN 11-12). THE MOTHER TAKES A DIFFERENT TONE AND SAYS: BEHOLD
MY DAUGHTERS. PICK YOUR FAVORITE. THE KING RESPONDS BY SAYING IN SPA MMNISH
NISH: NO LA ESCOJO POR BONITA NI TAMPOCO POR MUJER, LO QUE QUIERO ES
UNA ROSA ACABADA DE NACER. TRANSLATED IT MEANS: I'M NOT LOOKING FOR A
BEAUTY NOR A WIFE, I'M LOOKING FOR INNOCENCE THE KING THEN PICKS
GIRL AND THEY GO OFF AND KISS. THE GAME CONTINUES UNTIL ALL THE DAUGH
TERS ARE SELECTED, OFTEN THE GAME CONTINUES UNTIL THE KING GETS TIRED
OUT.
DAUGHTERS
PLAYED

Submitter comment: THIS INFORMATION WAS GIVEN TO ME BY MY MOTHER; IT WAS A GAME SHE PLA
YED AS A GIRL IN SABINAS, HIDALGO MEXICO. THE INFORMANT GAVE ME THE
WHOLE STORY IN SPANISH. WHEN QUESTIONED THE INFORMANT GAVE ME THE WHO
LE STORY IN SPANISH. WHEN QUESTIONED THE INFORMANT REFUSED TO ANSWER
WETHER SHE MET THE COLLECTORS FATHER THAT WAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Dramatic

Date learned: 11-00-1981

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THE GAME CHARADES

PARTS: NONE
NUMBER OF PLAYERS: AT LEAST FOUR PLAYERS, BUT NOT MORE THAN TWELVE.
OBJECT OF GAME: TWO TEAMS MUST PLAY AGAINST EACH OTHER, THE TEAM
STUMPED THE MOST OVER A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF TIME LOSES.
RULES: ONE MEMBER OF A TEAM RECEIVES A CARD WITH A WORD WRITTEN ON IT
BY THE OTHER TEAM. THIS PLAYER MUST NOT ALLOW HIS OWN TEAM TO SEE
THE WORD. IT IS HIS POSITION TO MAKE SIGNS WITH HIS BODY TO HELP
SPELL OUT THE WORD TO HIS TEAM. HE MAY NOT TALK AT ALL.
HIS TEAM MUST GUESS THE WORD WRITTEN ON THE CARD.
THIS TASK MUST BE COMPLETED IN AN AGREED-UPON AMOUNT OF TIME.
USUALLY THREE MINUTES IS SUFFICIENT ENOUGH.
IF THE TEAM CORRECTLY GUESSES THE WORD AND THE TIME HAS NOT
RUN OUT, ANOTHER WORD IS GIVEN TO THEM.
THE IDEA IS TO GUESS AS MANY WORDS AS POSSIBLE IN THE GIVEN TIME.
WHEN THE TIME HAS RUN OUT IT IS THE OTHER TEAM'S TURN.
POINTS ARE KEPT OF EACH MATCH. WHEN EVERYONE HAS DECIDED TO STOP
PLAYING, AN AWARD IS GIVEN TO THE TEAM WITH THE MOST POINTS.

Submitter comment: THIS GAME CAN BE PLAYED BY TWO PEOPLE AS WELL AS BY TWO TEAMS.
IN SOME GAMES THE SUBJECT MATTER IS REVIEWED BEFORE THE GAME
IS BEGUN.
FOR EXAMPLE THE TEAMS MIGHT PICK BOOK TITLES AS THE SUBJECT MATTER
AND USE ONLY BOOK TITLES WRITTEN BY A CERTAIN AUTHOR.
TEAMS THAT PLAY OFTEN HAVE CREATED A CODED PATTERN OF
BODY SIGNS. THAT IS THAT THEY KNOW CERTAIN MOVEMENTS OR
POSITIONS MEAN CERTAIN LETTERS OF THE ALPHABET.
THIS IS FAIR AS LONG AS NO WORDS ARE SPOKEN.
EVEN SOUNDS ARE FORBIDDEN IN MANY GAMES.
OFTEN THE HOSTESS GIVES A SMALL PRIZE TO THE MEMBERS OF
THE WINNING TEAM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BLOOMFIELD HILLS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Dramatic
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- C562 C562.2

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EL GATO (THE CAT)

EVERYONE SITS ON CHAIRS IN A LARGE CIRCLE EXCEPT FOR
ONE PERSON WHO HAS BEEN CHOSEN TO BE "IT." THIS PERSON
HAS TO GO TO SOMEONE AND PUT HER HEAD IN THEIR LAP AND
SAY "MEOW" THREE TIMES. THE PERSON THAT IS SITTING
MUST STROKE HER HEAD EACH TIME SHE MEOWS. SHE MUST
STROKE HER WITHOUT LAUGHING. IF THE PERSON THAT IS
SITTING LAUGHS, SHE BECOMES "IT." IF SHE DOESN'T
THE CAT MUST REPEAT THE PROCEDURE WITH ANOTHER
INDIVIDUAL UNTIL SOMEONE LAUGHS.

Where learned: EL SALVADOR ; CENTRAL AMERICA

Keyword(s): LAUGHING TABU

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Bodily Activity
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Dramatic

Date learned: 06-00-1984

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