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Yabbie trap

Date: 2003
Dimensions:
Overall: 460 × 550 × 880 mm
Medium: Sedge rushes [lepidosperma canescens]
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Classification:Tools and equipment
Object Name: Trap
Object No: 00038302
Related Place:Berri,

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    Description
    This coil-woven yabbie trap was made by South Australian Yvonne Koolmatrie. She has extended traditional basketry techniques to create three-dimensional sculptural forms. Her marine creatures are based on her own ancestral stories and the lore of the Ngarrindjeri. made in Berri, South Australia.
    SignificanceThis yabbie trap is a significant example of South Australian Indigenous coilwork.
    HistoryYvonne Koolmatrie grew up along the lower Murray River. She learned coil-stitched basketry techniques in 1982 at a workshop led by the senior Ngarrindjeri weaver Dorothy Kartinyeri. Koolmatrie collects sedge grasses from her favourite sites in the sand dunes of the Coorong area of South Australia. She uses the technique - tradtionally used for making functional objects - to create innovative shapes.

    Ngarrindjeri are the descendants of the many clan groups that lived throughout the lower Murray basin. They maintain a vital cultural identity. As in the past, life revolves around the river - it is a symbol of their cultural survival and potential for the future.

    The Murray-Darling Basin is Australia's largest river system, food bowl and inland water-transport corridor. Its waterways have been contested for generations - from colonial times to colour bars at local pools, and between farming and the environment itself. Threatened by salination and erosion, infested by carp and algae and depleted by dams and weirs, the rivers of the Murray-Darling Basin now flow wearily.

    Today the descendants of many alienated Indigenous clans, such as the Ngarrindjeri from the Murray riverland and Kamilaroi from the Moree watercourse country, maintain shared histories and knowledge about people, place and the life of the waterways.
    Additional Titles

    Primary title: COIL WOVEN SEDGE YABBIE TRAP, CONICAL SHAPE WITH HOLE IN NARROW END, WIDER END IS COVERED AND HAS ARCH SHAPED FLAP IN CENTRE, ONE SIDE IS FLAT WHICH ENABLES IT TO BE LAYED ON SIDE

    Web title: Yabbie trap

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