Museums and other institutions with string figure artefacts

- an inventory of string figures mounted on card, string figures on film, string figure photographs, and recordings of string figure songs

Compiled by Martin Probert

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Acknowledgements: I wish to thank for their considerable help both Frédéric Paradis, Licensing Officer, for supplying a list of films containing string figures and for bringing additional photographs to my notice, and Nathalie Guenette, Research Officer, for providing answers to enquiries and supplying information on images not yet catalogued.

Film: Salish Technology Project, reel 9 of 20

Film: Compilation of various 1972 National Museum of Man projects, reels 5-7 of 39

Film: Compilation of various 1972 National Museum of Man projects, reels 8-10 of 39

Film: Eskimo string figures

Sound recording of Arctic string figure song

  1. 2:612; IV-C-170T. Contains song sung by Elisapee Isuglutak while making Arctic string figures.

Sound recordings of Kimsquit string figure songs (3)

  1. 1:192; VII-X-1T. Contains song sung by Jim Pollard when making the string figure 'The Cripple'.
  2. 1:193; I-X-1T. Contains (side 1) song sung by Jim Pollard to accompany a string figure, and (side 2) song sung by Jim Pollard to accompany the string figure 'The Porcupine'.
  3. 1:194; VII-D-1T. Contains song sung by Jim Pollard to accompany a string figure.

Sound recording of Kwakiutl string figure song

  1. 1:1014; VII-E-16T. Contains song sung by Charlie Mack, a Lillooet from Mount Currie, of a song to go with string figure. Goes with film of same.

Photographs (119): Inuit, Central (Northern Québec & Ontario)

Photographs (19): Ojibwa string figures (Ontario, Canada)

Photographs (6) of string figures from the Yukon

  1. S71-907. Elsie Smith doing string figure.
  2. S71-1069. Martha Smith and a string figure.
  3. S71-1082. Martha Smith with string figure.
  4. S71-1084. String figure performed by Martha Smith.
  5. S71-1085. Elsie Isaac with string figure at Aishihik.
  6. S72-1655. Southern Tutchone woman showing string figure to children, Aishihik Village.

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