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I learned the other day that there is a strong anthropological/archaeological tradition of researching 'string games' in world history.
One Esquimaux string game is theorised to originate in folk memory of mammoths, pic related.
>This figure, widely known to the Inuit, actually represents a legendary creature called kilivfaq. Stories describe it as a large animal, with either six, eight, or ten legs, and a short tail, and (in some stories) a human face. Being large and strong, it is dangerous to hunt, but apparently well worth the risk, because as long as the bones are not scraped completely clean, the meat regrows on it, and can be harvested again, up to three times.
>Stories about kilivfaq are told as far east as Greenland, but the origin of the legend is in Alaska and the Yukon, where the frozen remains of woolly mammoths and mastodons are occasionally found. These remains are apparently the source of the legend.