Mandjabu (fish trap) APW
Mandjabu (fish trap) APW


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In the old days, people used banyan root fibres and kurrajong bark fibres to make string for fish traps. The framework of the conical trap was made with thicker bush cane, such as Flagellaria indica (known as karrawukka, midjakkorr or bardedde). The mouth of the fish trap was made with inward-facing canes, so fish could push in but not escape again. The traps could be up to several meters long. Often a fence would be constructed across a creek, with the trap in the center to force the fish in. Pieces of yam might also be placed in the trap to entice fish. They could be left out overnight or for a couple of days. When people brought the trap in, the conical end could simply be untied and the fish distributed.


Created at the Australian Print Workshop in Melbourne, this lithograph showcases the integration of modern technologies with traditional art practices.



Manbu mandjabu korroko dabborrabbolk birrimangi kunyarl kore manbornde mandedjmad kunyarl dja kore kundulk manbudbud kunyarl. Wanjh birribokdengi kunyal birrimarnbuni wanjh mandjabu birrimarnbuni. Birridjuhkeyi kore kukku wanjh djenj kumrey ngimerreni kore mandjabu wanjh birrimangi nawern djenj.

ARTIST  Titus Nganjmirra


Size 38 x 56 cm
Medium Lithograph
Catalogue # 82241899

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