The eskimos do it, pygmies in Africa do it, South Sea islanders do it,
Native Americans do it, Europeans do it. In some cultures performing string
figures are play for both children and adults, in others they are connected
with religion, story telling or magic. String figures are made around the
world; hundreds of patterns have been recorded.
Many figures start with the Opening A shown here. After tying together
the ends of a six foot long string;
Here are instructions to perform some figures;
On each hand, loop the string across the palm and behind the thumb and
Place the right index finger under the palm string on the left hand. Draw
the loop out by separating your hands.
Place your left index finger under the section of palm string between the
strings on the right index. Separate your hands to draw out the loop.
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