Malekula Sand Tracings: A Case in Ethnomathematics

Marcia Ascher
Renaissance Banff: Mathematics, Music, Art, Culture (2005)
Pages 57–64


The Malekula sand tracing tradition is discussed as an exemplary case in ethnomathematics. The tradition evidences graph theoretic, geometric, and topological ideas. The sand tracings are placed within Malekula culture and the systematic procedures used to trace the figures are elaborated. Bridges to art and religion are noted.