DETAIL: Mary MARABAMBA Fish trap No 27 #3017-01 2001 jungle vine, bush string Purchased 2002
Ellen TREVORROW | Fish scoop

Australia 1955
Fish scoop
coil weave scoop form based on circular flat weave mat 1999
woven sedge grass
Ngarrindjeri coiled basketry
21.0 (h) x 30.0 (w) x 62.0 (d) cm
Purchased 1999
NGA 1999.88

Aunty Ellen describes herself as a ‘cultural weaver’ making the baskets, mats and fish scoops that the old people used for gathering food and for protection. ‘Everything made by the old people served a purpose and it is an honour for me to be doing it today’.They were tools of survival in the past, now they are tools for the survival of the culture. Although she may occasionally use some of the baskets, primarily her work functions as a symbol of her culture and of herself as a representative of that culture.

(Michele Gollan in Keeping Culture: Aboriginal art to Keeping Places and Cultural Centres, 2000, p. 5)

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