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A master builder paints the prow of a racing canoe:
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Gogodala Lagoon

Gogodala Lagoon, Aramia River.
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Eika Fish Traps

Small conical traps called 'eika are cleverly constructed with cane barbs facing back towards the opening. As a fish wriggles in for the bail in the closed end the almost parallel thorns do not cause discomfort, but once firmly wedged it is held fast by the vicious barbs and unable to escape:
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Seiya Traps

As the water in the lagoons recedes after the wet season on the Aramia River, cleverly made items are used for catching fish.

This picture is a trap called seiya. Constructing fences of stakes plugged with grass and clods they block off small channels which the fish count on as last minute escape routes. The mouth has inward pointing canes that act as psychological rather than actual barbs, to the seiya can yield quite a harvest when lifted:
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Sharpened Sago Rib Arrows

The sasa is a bunch of sharpened sago rib arrows bound together at the top. When plunged into shallow water they fanned out to impale small shoal fish or hold them captive among the arrows while the hunger felt around for them with his hand:
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Woven Baskets

Along the river bank woven coconut fro9nd baskets are filled with a tangle of leaves among which broken up termites nests are spread as bail.

Fish feeding on the termites are unable to escape from among the leaves as the basket is rapidly drawn to the surface. Similarly, woven sago leaf baskets with smaller openings are tethered and drawn up periodically for the prawns that seek a hiding place in the darkness of the leaves.
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Coconut Shell spotlight

A coconut shell 'reflector' housing burning splinters of resinous wood. The shell shielded the hunter's eyes, preserving his night vision, enabling him to see and spear prawns or fish in the somewhat directed light.
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Arrow Fired from a bow

Fish, at certain times of the year, come to the surface where they are easily speared by the men using multi pronged spears called menakata.

They can be thrown by hand as a spear or as an arrow fired from a bow. Traditionally, the prongs were made of slivers of black palm. Catfish, eels and garfish are the fish most commonly speared:
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Spearing Fish

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Cane Hooped Nets

Eito (fish hooks), were made from large, strong thorns. Taking a greedy gulp at the fresh prawn bait, the fish would find the eito jammed in its gullet, rather than being hooked as we think of a barbed hook. ONce firmly stuck in the fish's throat it was pulled gently in with a fine, strong fibre from the inner bark of a pandanus tree.

As fish were drawn alongside the canoe a cane hooped, hand woven net ([i](nigisi)[i] are used in exactly the same way by Gogodala women when fishing.
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