Manjabu (Fish Trap)
- Size: 104cm x 38cm
- Cat No. 1465-22
- Materials: Pandanus (Pandanus Spiralis) and Bush Cane (Flagellaria Indica) with Natural Dyes.
To make fish traps and fish net fences artists firstly get vine (mirlarl) from the jungle and they put it in water for one night to make it soft. Next they start weaving it; they make rings for the inside to keep the fish trap’s shape.
Artists work for three or four weeks on the fish trap. They also make string from kurrajong (burdaga) to attach the hibiscus (bardainy) rings and to tie the conical end of the fish trap. This fish trap is used in saltwater and freshwater. People also use fish net fences called mun-dirra. A long time ago they would put the mun-dirra across rivers and creeks. In the middle they would place the an-gujechiya. They also used small things like sticks, rocks, mud and grass to block the fish from going through. People would then catch fish like saltwater barramundi rajarra, freshwater barramundi (janambal), small black freshwater catfish (buliya), bonefish (an-guwirrpiya), and sand bass (dalakan) in these fish traps.
Antina Nabegeyo is the daughter of Robyn and Mukgudu Nabegeyo and is married to painter Lawrence Nganjmirra. Her skin name is Ngalkangila, her Dreaming is Yirridjdja and her clan is Djalama. Anita works in Gunbalanya mainly making pandanus handbag baskets as a preferred form.
Injalak Arts has been a centre for art, craft and community since it’s opening in 1989. The centre is based in Gunbalanya, an Aboriginal community of 1200 in West Arnhem Land at the top of the Northern Territory in Australia.
In Kunwinjku, Injalak means shelter. The centre prides itself on creating a safe place for culture, creativity and knowledge to bloom within the community. With over 200 active members – artists, weavers and craftspeople from Gunbalanya and surrounding homelands, the year-round production of art is inspired by connection to culture, country and people.
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