Kaninikula, mathematics at the Trobriand Islands

  • Kaninikula, mathématiques aux Iles Trobriand
© Kaninikula
Genre : Social
Type : Documentary
Original title :
Principal country concerned : Column : History/society, Intercultural/migrations, Heritage
Year of production : 2013
Format : Short
Running time : 29 (in minutes)

The film draws a parallel between the 'string games' called Kaninikula, still being played on the Trobriand Islands and a reflection about the mathematical rationality revealed by the rules of these games. Research carried out by an ethno-mathematician suggests hypotheses about the way Trobriand inhabitants perceive this activity and about the cognitive mechanisms that underlie the creation of different figures drawn mainly by the fingers and the string.


  • Arterial network
  • Media, Sports and Entertainment Group (MSE)
  • Gens de la Caraïbe
  • Groupe 30 Afrique
  • Alliance Française VANUATU
  • Zimbabwe : Culture Fund Of Zimbabwe Trust
  • RDC : Groupe TACCEMS
  • Rwanda : Positive Production
  • Togo : Kadam Kadam
  • Niger : ONG Culture Art Humanité
  • Collectif 2004 Images
  • Africultures Burkina-Faso
  • Bénincultures / Editions Plurielles
  • Africiné
  • Afrilivres

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