String figures or string games are popular with many indigenous cultures throughout the world, from the Arctic to Australia, all around the Pacific, and in Africa. They are typically performed by one person, or two, as in the game of "Cat's Cradle", using a single loop of string. Often they are made one following another, while singing or telling a story. Many of the figures are made the same way in different cultures, but are known by different names or go with different stories. They may be used in competition, where the first person to complete a figure is the winner. Some people consider it improper to make string figures during certain seasons or certain times of the day. String Figures Crafts Arts.
- Wikipedia: A string figure is a design formed by manipulating string on, around, and using one's fingers or sometimes between the fingers of multiple people. String figures may also involve the use of the mouth, wrist, and feet. They may consist of singular images or be created and altered as a game, known as a string game, or as part of a story involving various figures made in sequence. String figures have also been used for divination, such as to predict the sex of an unborn child.
- Cat's cradle - Cat's cradle is a series of string figures created between two people as a game. The name of the entire game, the specific figures, their order, and the names of the figures vary.
- Spider Grandmother - Spider Grandmother is an important creation figure in the mythology, oral traditions and folklore of many Native American cultures.
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- The International String Figure Association www
The ISFA works to gather, String Figure Association, preserve, and distribute string figure knowledge for future generations to enjoy this ancient pastime. They have a list of publications, an invitation to become a member, a mailing list, and links to related web sites. Of particular interest are the detailed instructions for making figures collected in 1924 by Diamond Jenness in the Canadian Arctic. International String Figure Association.
- How Me Human, You Alien www
How to talk to an extraterrestrial, Human, You Alien, using a handful of coins, a loop of string, a flashlight, and two magnets. This is an excerpt from a book entitled "The Handbook of UFO Contact" by Jonathan Vos Post. Me Human, You Alien.
- Instructions WWW Collection of Favorite String Figures www
Instructions using string figure notation and prose descriptions, Collection of Favorite String Figures, along with diagrams and some video clips. Features twelve beginner-level figures, followed by others of increasing difficulty, and a directory of performers. WWW Collection of Favorite String Figures.
- Michael Strings On Your Fingers www
Michael P. Your Fingers. Garofalo does presentations on string figures art, and performances of string figures, catches, and tricks in Northern California and Southern Oregon. Includes a recommended reading list and bibliography for string figures. Strings On Your Fingers.
- Brian String Figures www
Brian Cox, Figures, the Incredible Stringman, tells a story called "Going Fishing" illustrated with string figures. Photos and text of his performance. String Figures.
- An String Figures and Shamanism www
An essay by Lois Stokes, Figures and Shamanism, with speculations on the role of string figures in Hawaiian culture. String Figures and Shamanism.
- Trivial The Mathematics and Origin of String Figures www
Trivial knot theory, Mathematics and Origin of String Figures, history, and a few new designs by the author, Martin Probert. The Mathematics and Origin of String Figures.
- Registered Yahoo! Groups Stringfigures www
Registered members of this group are interested in describing and illustrating string figures for publication on the web at WWW Collection of Favorite String Figures. Groups Stringfigures. They are also developing a system of string figure notation (SFN). Yahoo! Groups Stringfigures.
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