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SEE THE BEAR

THIS CHILDREN'S (TRICK GAME) IS USUALLY PLAYED OUTSIDE.
1) ALL THE PLAYERS LINE UP SIDE-BY-SIDE FACING ONE DIRECTION. THE
FIRST PERSON IN LINE IS THE LEADER, ALL THE OTHERS MUST DO IN
TURN WHAT HE DOES. HE SUPPOSEDLY SEES A BEAR AND POINTS IT OUT
TO THE PERSON NEXT TO HIM..
HE ASKS THE PERSON NEXT TO HIM: "DO YOU SEE THE BEAR"? THE
PERSON ASKS "WHERE?" HE ANSWERS "OVER THERE!" AND POINTS EXTENDING
HIS LEFT ARM. HE STAYS IN THIS POSITION AND THE OTHERS DO THIS
IN TURN UNTIL EVERYONE HAS DONE IT.
(ETC. AS IN STEP#1) BUT NOW HE POINTS EXTENDING HIS RIGHT ARM,
2) THE LEADER AGAIN ASKS THE PERSON NEXT TO HIM "SEE THE BEAR?"
(LEFT ARM STILL EXTENDED) THIS GOES ON UNTIL ALL HAVE DONE THIS.
3) AGAIN THE LEADER ASKS "SEE THE BEAR?" (ETC. SAME QUESTIONS AS
ABOVE). BUT NOW HE SQUATS DOWN. (BOTH ARMS STILL EXTENDED) HE
HOLDS THIS POSITION, AND THE OTHERS DO THIS IN TURN.
4) THE LEADER FOR THE LAST TIME ASKS "SEE THE BEAR?" THE PERSON
NEXT TO HIM ASKS "WHERE?" AND WHEN THE LEADER SAYS "OVER THERE" HE
LEANS HARD TO HIS SIDE SHOVING THE PERSON NEXT TO HIM. BECAUSE
EVERYONE IS SQUATTING WITH ARMS EXTENDED THEY ALL FALL IN A
CHAIN REACTION(THIS IS THE TRICK OF THE GAME).

Submitter comment: THIS GAME IS USUALLY PLAYED ONLY WHEN THERE ARE A FEW PEOPLE WHO
HAVE NEVER PLAYED BEFORE AND DON'T KNOW THE TRICK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 00-00-1957

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