A Second Worm

The two Navaho girls at the St. Louis Exposition who taught me most of the other Navaho figures taught me this one also.


First: Put the thumbs through the untwisted loop and separate the hands.


Second: Bend each index toward you down into the thumb loop (Fig. 684, Right hand), and pick up from below on the tip of the index the near thumb string and return the index to its position (Fig. 684, Left hand).

Fig. 684

Third: Bring the hands together, and pick up from below on the back of the right thumb the string which passes from the left thumb to the left index (Fig. 685), and draw out the loop by separating the hands (Fig. 686).

Fig. 685
Fig. 686

Fourth: With the teeth pick up, on the back of the right thumb, the right lower thumb loop, and draw it over the tip of the right thumb; then draw the hands away from you, so that the loop runs from the teeth to the centre of the figure (Fig. 687).

Fig. 687

Fifth: Still holding the loop by the teeth, turn the palms toward you and upward, and bend the middle, ring and little fingers of each hand toward you, and put them from below into and through the thumb loop; then straightening these fingers, pushing away from you with their backs the far thumb string and the near index string, pass them under and to the far side of the far index string (Fig. 688). Now pull this string down, by closing the fingers on the palm, release the loops held by the teeth, and draw the hands apart (Fig. 689). The figure is extended by separating widely the loops held by each thumb and each index, at the same time holding down the lower string with the other fingers closed on the palm.

Fig. 688
Fig. 689

String Figure Notation (SFN)

  1. T pu SN: F mo-th TN pu nTS
  2. rT ml-pu lnFS
  3. O ht-re rbTN: move ON to c
  4. MRL mu-th TN mo-th FN gr-pt fFS: re O

The first four movements of this figure are entirely new; the last is a characteristic Navaho movement.