The Finger Pull game was used to help strengthen the fingers of the Dene and prepare them for the fishing season. The ability to catch and provide fish to Dene families and their dogs was very important in Dene culture. Often “stick fish” would be the main diet for many Dene families until the fall caribou hunts. Often fish were very large during the days of living in the bush and fish would have to be carried from the shore back to camp where the women would clean and prepare the fish. Fish would often be carried by inserting the middle finger into the gill area of the fish and carrying it. This required a lot of strength. In order to maintain their strength the Finger Pull game would be played.
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