Trap

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Registration number
20629
Item name
Trap 
Category
Fishing
 
Indigenous name
 
Maker
 
Associated cultural group
 
Place
Pacific > Papua New Guinea > New Ireland Province > Namatanai District > Panatgin Village
Map
Collector
Dr Elizabeth Brouwer 
Acquisition date
January 01, 1976 
Acquisition method
Commissioned by Dr Elizabeth Brouwer 
Dimensions
H: W: L: D: Circum:

Description

Research notes

"This fish trap basket is used on the reef and in shallow water to trap small fish and crustaceans....
This fish trap basket is made by men from the strips of bark of a vine that grows in the bush. The vine is used while still green and pliable. The basket is begun at the base and woven towards the rim. This takes two men to handle, one to hold the lengths of vine forming the base of the basket, the other to weave the sides around the basket frame. It is kept in the men's house when not in use." [E.Brouwer 1976 catalogue card]
During a visit to the Museum, Adam Kaminiel noted that this set of fish traps [20629-20631] were made smaller than usual, indicating they were likely made as models or examples. This basket is now usually three times longer (Kombeng & Kaminiel 2012, pers. comm., 6 Nov)

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