BACKGROUND INFORMATION

 

In many places of the world, the children play a string game in which string is wrapped around the fingers to look like a certain shape. An example we might be familiar with is Cat's Cradle. The shape varies according to what is found in that particular community. For example, Alaskans make a shape resembling a mammoth, Australians make a palm tree, and people in Ghana make a worm. "The Worm" is found all over the world under a lot of different names. In Germany, it's a train, and in other places its a mouse.

Ada-Foah is a fishing village on the coast of Ghana and most of the inhabitants live in mud huts with grass roofs. These people build big boats carved out of very large trees in which fishermen stay out in the ocean for weeks at a time. It's no surprise these children's string games have to do with fishing.

 

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