Journal article

Playing with the long strings: A structural analysis of Arandic string figures.

April Pengart Campbell, Stephan Claassen, Jennifer Green, Veronica Perrurle Dobson

Bulletin of the International String Figure Association | ISFA Press | Published : 2020


Australia is home to a rich and diverse range of Indigenous narrative practices and verbal art forms. These are highly valued and part of the ‘intangible cultural heritage’ of Indigenous Australians. Making string figures is one such practice, and early records from across the continent suggest that the tradition has a time span that stretches back, at least to the early days of colonization. In this paper we outline some of the sociocultural contexts of Arandic string games from central Australia, and then give a structural analysis of the figures recorded. We look at both similarities and differences in figure construction, comparing the Arandic figures to other records of string figures, ..

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