This figure is probably the most widely distributed of all the string figures. I have seen it done by the African Batwa Pygmies, the Philippine Negritos and Linao Moros, and American Indians of the Chippewa, Osage, Navaho and Apache tribes. Dr. Haddon gives it as an Omaha string trick (5, p. 218) and says it is known to the Japanese. I have been told that it is well known in Ireland. Dr. Haddon also met with it in Torres Straits; in Murray Island it is known as Kebe Mokeis = the Mouse (Rivers and Haddon, p. 152); quite recently it has been reported from the Wajiji in British East Africa, and from the Alaskan Eskimos.
String Figure Notation (SFN)
lTFMRL pu SN, lP down with SN hanging
rF ma-pu lnTS ml-bt lT&F gr-pt lTFS, mt-tw & tr rFN to lF (do not ex)
rF mu-pu lPS ml-bt lFM gr-pt ldHS, mt-up-tr rFN to lM: repeat for lR & lL