A Centipede

Collected by Frederick McCarthy from the Yirrkala Aborigines of Arnhem Land, Australia. Yirrkala figures often include "twine" motifs: two strings twisted together. Other examples include figures that represent a lobster, a scorpion, two boomerangs, and two stingrays. The Congo in Africa is the only other location where the "twine" motif is popular.

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Written Instructions (String Length: 1 span)

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Step 1 - Place loop on 1 and 5.

L2 picks up R palmar string and rotates a full turn away from you as it returns to the left (to introduce a twist into the newly created L2 loop).