… Once Rice-Bird’s whistle could no longer be heard, Skunk soon forgot his fear.
He came to a shady place.
“Ah, this would be a good place to play the stick-game,” thought Skunk.
He gathered some chunks of rotten wood to put up in a large circle.
Then he took five more chunks of wood to represent his lost wives and seated himself among them, “move over a little,” he said to the ‘youngest of his lost wives’, “you are hampering my play, move over!”
Then Skunk arranged the rotten chunks of wood in two rows, with each chunk facing an opponent of the other side. He piled all the shell and bead ornaments that he had stolen from Rice-Bird in the middle between the opposing sides.
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