Two Brothers-in-Law Meeting

Collected by Julia Averkieva from the Kwakwaka'wakw (Kwakiutl) of Vancouver Island, Canada. This design represents two brothers-in-law who do not trust each other. They stand in opposite corners of a room.

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Step 7 - On each side of the figure a vertical loop encircles one of the two 1n strings; L2, working near the left vertical loop, teases apart the intertwined L1n strings, then L2, from above, removes the L1 loop whose 1n string is encircled by the left vertical loop; R2 removes the corresponding loop from R1; extend in three dimensions to reveal a rectangular "room".

The vertical loops represent two brothers-in-law who do not get along. They stand against opposite walls of the room and refuse to interact.