Thursday, October 29, 2009
According to Steve Langdon, the yaaruin is used by young girls. Before the Europeans came the fathers would carve a story knife for his young girls. These story knives would be either carved out of wood, bone or ivory. Then the grandmothers would tell a moral story and the young girl would have to draw symbols in the mud that went with the story. In many villages this tradition is lost.
When I was younger my sister and I would just story knife with a butter knife. Our grandmother did not tell us stories but we told each other "scary" stories.