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James R Murphy began teaching mathematics using string figures to engage students who didn’t “like” math. Students in the eighties and string, made for an unconventional recipe for these great photographs by Robin Moore.

La Guardia String Portraits

James R Murphy began teaching mathematics using string figures to engage students who didn’t “like” math. Students in the eighties and string, made for an unconventional recipe for these great photographs by Robin Moore.

Pikatnaaq’s wife, Helen Konek’s mother playing "ajagaq".  This game represents a tent. The person could include stories or little songs about the tent. These games were also important in building associations and personal relationships as well as passing along oral histories and traditions. String games were like picture shows and also developed important skills. As the person demonstrated the game, you had to guess what it would become. The games built memory, observation and creativity…

Pikatnaaq’s wife, Helen Konek’s mother playing "ajagaq". This game represents a tent. The person could include stories or little songs about the tent. These games were also important in building associations and personal relationships as well as passing along oral histories and traditions. String games were like picture shows and also developed important skills. As the person demonstrated the game, you had to guess what it would become. The games built memory, observation and creativity…

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