String Figures and how to Make Them: A Study of Cat's Cradle in Many Lands
Fullest, clearest instruction on string figures from wide variety of cultures around the world: Eskimo, Navajo, Lapp, Europe, many others. Create such imaginative figures as a cat's cradle, a moving spear, a bolt of lightning, pointed stars and much more. 950 illustrations.
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When I was a teenager I spent hours and hours poring over this book and learning some of the figures. My sister did too, and we would see how fast we could do Jacob's Ladder or the Apache Door. The descriptions are clear enough that you really can learn the figures from the instructions and drawings (if you are motivated--we didn't have i-devices to amuse us). Along with some really cool string figures, the reader will get the message that many cultures play string games--both the similarities and the differences are instructive. A classic, and a versatile and valuable book.
Review: String Figures and How to Make Them: A Study of Cat's Cradle in Many LandsUser Review - Amanda Coder - Goodreads
A very cool book from an anthropological view. detailed instructions are given for the figures, and there are some wonderful plate images from different cultures and tribes represented in the book ... Read full review