String Figures and how to Make Them

A Study of Cat's Cradle in Many Lands

Author: Caroline F. Jayne

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 9780486201528

Category: Games

Page: 448

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Diagrams and text illustrate the steps involved in creating over one hundred string figures while providing information on their origin and cultural background
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String Figures as Mathematics?

An Anthropological Approach to String Figure-making in Oral Tradition Societies

Author: Eric Vandendriessche

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 331911994X

Category: Mathematics

Page: 392

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This book addresses the mathematical rationality contained in the making of string figures. It does so by using interdisciplinary methods borrowed from anthropology, mathematics, history and philosophy of mathematics. The practice of string figure-making has long been carried out in many societies, and particularly in those of oral tradition. It consists in applying a succession of operations to a string (knotted into a loop), mostly using the fingers and sometimes the feet, the wrists or the mouth. This succession of operations is intended to generate a final figure. The book explores different modes of conceptualization of the practice of string figure-making and analyses various source material through these conceptual tools: it looks at research by mathematicians, as well as ethnographical publications, and personal fieldwork findings in the Chaco, Paraguay, and in the Trobriand Islands, Papua New Guinea, which all give evidence of the rationality that underlies this activity. It concludes that the creation of string figures may be seen as the result of intellectual processes, involving the elaboration of algorithms, and concepts such as operation, sub-procedure, iteration, and transformation.
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Exploring the Legacy of the 1948 Arnhem Land Expedition

Author: Martin Thomas,Margo Neale

Publisher: ANU E Press

ISBN: 1921666455

Category: History

Page: 471

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"In 1948 a collection of scientists, anthropologists and photographers journeyed to northern Australia for a seven-month tour of research and discovery - now regarded as 'the last of the big expeditions'. The American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land was front-page news at the time, but 60 years later it is virtually unknown. This lapse into obscurity was due partly to the fraught politics of Australian anthropology and animus towards its leader, the Adelaide-based writer-photographer Charles Mountford. Promoted as a 'friendly mission that would foster good relations between Australia and its most powerful wartime ally, the Expedition was sponsored by National Geographic, the Smithsonian Institution and the Australian Government. An unlikely cocktail of science, diplomacy and popular geography, the Arnhem Land Expedition put the Aboriginal cultures of the vast Arnhem Land reserve on an international stage." -- Publisher's website.
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Museums, Anthropology and Imperial Exchange

Author: Amiria Henare

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521835916

Category: Art

Page: 323

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Amiria Henare explores the role of material cultural research in anthropology and related disciplines from the late eighteenth century to the present.
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How to Con Your Kid

Simple Seams for Mealtime, Bedtime, Bathtime--Anytime!

Author: David Borgenicht,James Grace

Publisher: Quirk Books

ISBN: 9781594740732

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 160

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Children bring boundless love, unbridled joy and overwhelming happiness into our lives. They also bring temper tantrums, stubborn moods and strong wills. To deal with these obstinate emotions, parents often have to turn into hustlers, tricking their kid into doing things that he or she refuses to do, such as getting dressed, holding still, trying new foods or going to sleep.How to Con Your Kid gives parents tools to easily trick their little one, from short, one-line cons to longer step-by-step scams. There are loads of tricks for keeping kids clean, fed, clothed and happy--even when they'd rather be dirty, hungry, naked and bored.
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Rock Guitar For Dummies

Author: Jon Chappell

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118069609

Category: Music

Page: 384

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Face it, being a rock guitarist is just about the coolest thing you can be – next to a secret agent with a black belt in karate. But even if you were a butt-kicking international person of mystery, playing rock guitar would still be cooler because it involves art, passion, power, poetry, and the ability to move an audience of listeners. Whether "moving your listeners" means mowing down crowd surfers with your power chords or making the audience cry with your sensitive melodies, no other musical instrument allows you so much versatility. Whatever rocks your world, Rock Guitar For Dummies can help you bring that message out through your fingers and onto that electric guitar that's slung over your shoulder. If you're a beginner, you'll discover what you need to know to start playing immediately, without drowning in complicated music theory. If you've been playing for a while, you can pick up some tips to help improve your playing and move to the next level. Here's a sampling of the topics covered in Rock Guitar For Dummies: How electric guitars and amplifiers work Choosing the right guitar and amp for you, and how to care for them Left-hand and right-hand guitar techniques The different styles of rock guitar playing Creating great riffs The history of rock guitar Buying accessories for your new toy Top Ten lists of the guitarists you should listen to, the rock albums you must have, and the classic guitars you should know about Rock Guitar For Dummies also comes with a CD that includes audio of every example shown in the book, plus play-along tracks with a band. So, if you consider yourself an air guitar virtuoso and would like to try the real thing, Rock Guitar For Dummies can help you on your way to becoming an accomplished guitarist. Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.
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A Dictionary of the English Language

In which the Words are Deduced from Their Originals, and Illustrated in Their Different Significations by Examples from the Best Writers. To which are Prefixed, a History of the Language, and an English Grammar

Author: Samuel Johnson

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Book brands (Owners' marks)

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