Eel trap

In 1974 Waikato Museum acquired a selection of items, including this eel trap, from Graham Jackson. Jackson was a New Zealand anthropologist who spent time living with and researching the Kopon and the Kalam people of the Lower Kaironk Valley in Papua New Guinea.

Jackson fieldnotes: Made and used by males only. This small eel trap (literally "eel containers") is not for capturing eels but for carrying and storing them. They are often caught in the Jimmi River, a day's walk from Yha!, carried in such containers, and stored in them for some days in a stream until required. Small traps made from bark, large from bamboo.
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Collection of Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato
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