String Games and Ayagaq
Jemima Angelik Nutarak
1915, Pond Inlet, Nunavut –
Graphite on paper
© Canadian Museum of History, IV-C-7691
This drawing documents different cat’s cradle patterns and an Inuit cup-and-ball-style game (ayagaq), which is
being played inside the iglu. The artist lists the different string game patterns, such as "kayak" and "fox trap,"
and adds several more on the back. These games were a way to tell stories and convey life lessons with humour and joy.
Created: February 14, 2018