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Ojibwa - Butterfly Hide & Seek Game Illustration

Daily Life in Olden Times
for Kids

Woodland Ojibwa
(Chippewa) Indians
Butterfly
Hide and Seek Game

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Butterfly Hide and Seek: Butterfly Hide and Seek was a quiet game. Children were taught never to hurt a butterfly. To the Ojibwa people, it was considered a gift of good luck if you stayed so quiet that a butterfly would trust you and land on you.

Little girls played the butterfly game. One girl covered her eyes and sang a song. "Butterfly, butterfly, show me where to go." All the other little girls would quickly and quietly hide. The singer had to find them without saying another word. It was a game of skill. If you were observant, you could tell where people were hiding by the marks they left as they moved around.

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