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matjka-wuma (String Figures)

During NAIDOC Week, join our First Nations staff in making traditional string figures and share any you know with us!

Making objects or animals with nothing but hands and string is an activity that traces well back into history throughout the world.

Many Aboriginal groups traditionally made patterns or designs on the hands with a loop of string. The Yolŋu people of Yirrkala in the Northern Territory call them ‘matjka-wuma’, some Mob in North Queensland call string figures ‘kamai’, and ‘wame’ is the word used for string figures in the Torres Strait.

Our First Nations staff will show visitors how to make traditional string figures such as ‘weitj djen’ (emu foot) from Balardung Country in Western Australia and how to craft bush string or cordage using natural fibers.



Every day, 10.30am to 1.30pm

Sunday 7 July to Sunday 7 July 2019


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