Aboriginal fish traps

Title

Aboriginal fish traps

Alternative Title

Rock corrals
Indigenous fish traps

Description

Aboriginal fish traps are made with rocks or small boulders that have been placed strategically in a flowing waterway that forms a trap. The arrangement allows the flow of water to pass through, with an opening large enough for a fish or other aquatic life to be caught inside but not escape.

The most notable of these fish traps are the National Heritage listed Ngunnhu (Baiame's Ngunnhu) of the Ngemba people in Brewarrina, New South Wales. The Ngunnhu were a gift from Baiame (The Creator) whom entrusted the Ngemba people to be the custodians. The Ngunnhu were also used by neighbouring Nations where the site also became an important place for meetings, ceremonies and trade.

Date

2015-05-28