Shark attractor

Production date
1988
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Description
Register description: Shark attractor-FANGONGO, 10 half coconut shells on pliable sapling bound in circle with coconut sennit.
Classification
CH classification INDIGENOUS CULTURES
CH classification RECREATIONS Fishing
Production place
Measurements
L390 x W440 x H115 - approximate
Media/Materials description
Wood, coconut husk, plant fibre
History and use
In Tonga, shark calling is an important hunting and ceremonial tradition. Fisherman attract sharks by dragging rattles like this across the surface of the water while singing a shark-calling song.

Once they are within range, the sharks are speared or clubbed and their meat harvested for food.

This shark calling rattle was made by Nelo Pomaama and acquired by James Cook University at the 5th Festival of Pacific Art in Townsville in 1988. The object was transferred to Queensland Museum in 2004.
Registration number
E31246

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