String Games arrive with the Snow
No one knows for sure the origins of string figures, but they once were known to nearly all Native inhabitants of East Asia, Australia, Africa, the Arctic, the Americas, and the Pacific Islands, according to the International String Figures Association.
Some designs are believed to be ancient, perhaps dating from the Stone Age, though their function varied from place to place. In some locations, string figures provided a much-needed artistic outlet — competitions were held to see who could make the most interesting design. In other locations, string figures were used by tribal storytellers to illustrate their tales. In some areas, string figures served as good luck charms to help ensure a bountiful harvest or a successful hunt.
Read the entire article here courtesy of Indian Country Today