Our girls spent this afternoon with friends, all working together to prepare their dancing sticks for this weekend.
After they went into the bush to cut the sticks from a mausa tree, then they cut spiral strips into the bark. They slowly peeled away one spiral, leaving the clean white stick underneath.
The girls held the sticks in the fire to blacken the area where the bark had been peeled away, then the rest of the bark was removed, leaving a really nice black and white spiral running up and down the stick.
They had a great time hanging out with their friends, holding babies, and preparing for the festivities this weekend!