The Arts: Crafts: (String Figures Crafts )

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.