An Owl

This first "Owl" was obtained by Dr. Haddon from the two old Navaho men who showed him "Many Stars." (See Haddon 5, p. 222, pl. xv, Fig. 4.) It is called Nas-ja = an Owl. There is an example of the finished pattern in the Culin collection in the Philadelphia Free Museum of Science and Art (22716), from St. Michae1's Mission, Arizona.


First: First position.


Second: Put the right index from above down behind the string on the left palm (Fig. 107), draw it out and twist it by twice rotating the index toward you and then up. Separate the hands (Fig. 108).

Fig. 107
Fig. 108

Third: Take up from below with the left index the string on the right palm, not through the right index loop as is usual, but between the near index string and the thumb (Fig. 109). Separate the hands.

Fig. 109

Fourth: Proceed now as in "Many Stars," from the Second movement to the very end, concluding with the Seventh or the Seventh A movement. The "Owl" will I then be formed (Fig. 110).

Fig. 110

The movements of the "Owl" are all the same as those of "Many Stars" except the Second and Third. The Second movement is about the only way you can put a twist and a half in the index loop, by the index itself, and restore the index to its usual position; if you rotate the index after the usual formation of Opening A you put one twist in the index loop. The Third movement is peculiar to this figure.