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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Step 6 - 3 picks up the string that originates from the palmar knot and runs across the palmar surface of 1 (it looks like a 1f string but technically it is not).

With the help of the opposite hand, Navajo the loops on 1 (lift the lower loop over the upper loop and release it on the far side of 1).