This is another of the Navaho figures shown to me by the same two Navaho girls, at the St. Louis Exposition, in November, 1904. The native name is Atl-ti = a Bow.
String Figure Notation (SFN)
NO: T mo-pu fFS
M mo-pu fTS: RL mu-gr nFS: re T, ex
The "Bow" is not very interesting; it is the first of a series of six Navaho figures which begin in the same way—by an opening peculiar to the Navahos. At first glance the result of this movement—a loop on each thumb and a loop on each index—appears the same as you would have by releasing the little finger loops after Opening A; but you will notice that, whereas in that case the upper straight string is formed by the far index strings and the lower straight string by the near thumb strings, by this Navaho opening we get the upper straight string formed of the near index strings and the lower straight string formed of the far thumb strings. In the Eskimo "Mouth" the result of the opening movement gives a loop on each thumb and index, but here the straight strings are both near strings.