Children’s games in a New Guinean community
While Ambonwari children from the East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea, are growing up into their intimate environment (natural, social, cultural), they are simultaneously influencing and creating it. One of the ways of creating of their life-world is hidden in their playing. On the one hand children are through playing introduced into culturally specific and socially expected roles of men and women, which are based on the relationship between brother and sister. On the other hand children soon learn that happenings in their natural environment are not independent from humans and that they can influence and create them. The latter becomes most evident in two collective games: cat's cradle and the game of spinning-tops.