Two Killerwhales

Collected by Julia Averkieva from the Kwakwaka'wakw (Kwakiutl) of Vancouver Island, Canada. According to legend all great chiefs who die are transformed into killerwhales. Killerwhales are believed to be closely related to humans, thus allowing the transformation.

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Step 5 - On each hand 3 withdraws from the 345 loop; R3 passes under the R2 loop and enters the R1 loop from below, then R3 passes to the left and enters the double L2 loop from above; R3 hooks double L2n to the right through the R1 loop and presses the hooked strings against the right palm.