String Figure Bibliography

contributed by

Dr. Tom Storer

Copyright © 2013 by the International String Figure Association. All rights reserved.

The following is an abridged, updated version of Storer's monumental "String Figure Bibliography," currently in its third edition (2000). The complete bibliography, which lists over 1800 articles, book, and monographs that mention or describe string figures, is available from ISFA Press.

Below is a list of the most frequently consulted string figure documents. All contain illustrations and instructions for making string figures, unless otherwise stated. The documents are geographically grouped for those readers wishing to learn more about the string figures of a particular region. The list begins with a section devoted to books for children and/or beginners, and ends with a section describing references of interest to mathematicians.

Most entries in the geographic sections are scholarly articles and monographs that can only be found in university libraries or in digital archives like JSTOR. If an item is available from the publisher, a link is provided to their web site. Articles published in Bulletin of String Figures Association (1978-1993) or Bulletin of the International String Figure Association (1994-present) are available from ISFA Press.


Works for children and/or beginners


Storytelling with String


DVDs and Video Tapes for beginners


Collective Works (all geographic regions)

Unlike the above works, the works in this list are either scholarly in nature or include previously unpublished string figures.

Africa


The Arctic


Australia


Japan


Southeast Asia


Pacific Islands

Micronesia

Melanesia

Polynesia


North American Indians


Central and South American Indians


Europe, Asia, United States, and the Middle East


Works of Mathematical Interest


Last updated October 5, 2013

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