Mandjabu (Fish Trap)

“This design makes me think of my old man who used to go fishing with mandjabu (fish trap). After fishing, he would come around to our camp with big mob fish from that fresh water river.

We didn’t have any nets in the old days, and my father taught me to make mandjabu with jungle vine- he was taught by his old people.

When I’m printing this design, I’m thinking of my father and the old times before balanda (non-Indigenous) people arrived in my country.

I did drawing first, then I cut it out of wood with a thing like a really sharp spoon. I cut the lines right around the design, following the lines I’ve drawn.

When I see my design printed, I’m feeling really good. I choose the really bright colours- red, orange and yellow. To me, that mandjabu looks really nice with bright colours.”

This print was created using the Japanese Woodblock technique. It is a limited edition of 20 fine art prints, created in Maningrida in 2019.