Kaska Dena games entertaining

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The Kaska Dena were handsome men with iodine skin who thrived in the wild north of the lower Yukon. They played games at night, and sang songs. At one camp, someone poured warmed bear grease onto a stick while two Kaska Dena struggled to grasp it. Sometimes they gambled all night by hiding small rocks in their closed hands and snapping their fingers as their wrists shook in odd patterns.


Joyce Derenas is a historical fiction author who writes stories based on the real lives of her French-Canadian ancestors of the Beauce Valley in Quebec.