Cup and Pin Game

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Adults and children both played the cup and pin game. The “cup” was made from seven phalanges or pieces of caribou bone, six of which were cut to form cones fitting into one another. We made a hole through the point of each one, with the point of the last one fitting inside the end of a hollowed-out phalange. These seven pieces were strung on a thong.

We keep scores by assigning points to the various parts that might be caught on the end of the bone pin. One point is assigned to the concavity at the end of each of the first six cones; two points for the hollowed end of the last phalange; and 50 points for the hole in the tail. Each player takes a turn and is permitted one or more misses before passing the game on to the next in line.



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