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matjka-wuma (String Figures)


Wed 10 Jul 2019, 10:30am–1:30pm
Thu 11 Jul 2019, 10:30am–1:30pm
Fri 12 Jul 2019, 10:30am–1:30pm
Sat 13 Jul 2019, 10:30am–1:30pm
Sun 14 Jul 2019, 10:30am–1:30pm

Where: Australian Museum, Cnr William & College Streets, Sydney CBD, New South Wales

Restrictions: Family Friendly

Ticket Information:

  • Museum Member: $0.00 ($0.00)
  • Adult: $15.00
  • Concession: $8.00
  • Child: $0.00 ($0.00)
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: marketingmby

Making objects or animals with nothing but hands and string is an activity that traces well back into history throughout the world! Join our First Nations staff in making traditional string figures such as ‘weitj djen’ (emu foot) from Balardung Country in Western Australia and learn how to craft bush string or cordage using natural fibres.

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 Mobs in North Queensland call string figures ‘kamai’, and ‘wame’ is the word used for string figures in the Torres Strait.

A great activity for all the family. No booking required and entry is free after General Admission.