Hunting Techniques


The bandicoot slip-knot trap is designed to ensnare bandicoots or other small animals. Frequently, a number of these traps are set and checked periodically. Since it is triggered by the prey, it does not require constant supervision or maintenance. Though there are specific materials mentioned in the How To description, this trap can be made from any materials available.


There are two types of bandicoot traps in Navunaram. This one is designed to stun or bludgeon bandicoots or other small animals. Frequently, a number of these traps are set and checked periodically. Since it is triggered by the prey, it does not require constant supervision or maintenance. Though there are specific materials mentioned in the How To description, this trap can be made from any materials available.


In the community of Matupit, the Megapode egg serves as a primary source of food and income. Each day men from the village travel to the nesting grounds of the Megapode birds to gather the eggs. Because Matupit is the only place to find Megapode eggs, most customers come to Matupit to collect their orders. While some individuals sell their eggs at a market, it is more common for transactions to be made in the village itself. Each individual egg is priced at 2 Kina (just under US$1); however, the eggs are generally sold in groups of four (see Figure 1).


In Raluana, small fish traps are used for fishing on coral reefs. They are made using organic materials such as cane, cocoa branch twine, gaga leaves and some type of anchor (generally a small stick roughly 2.5 cm in diameter and about 15 cm long). Often times, these traps are baited using fruits like coconuts and papayas, and the anchor is buried or secured to the coral to keep it from moving in the current. The fish are lured into the traps and are stuck by the thorns of the cane stalks preventing them from escaping.


Traps are used by the Qaqet people to catch wild animals for consumption. There are a number of different traps for different types of prey, however, the two most commonly used are Bandicoot and Cassowary traps. Both utilize materials found in their immediate surroundings and are therefore the most common method of hunting. Usually a large number of traps are set at once, which are then periodically checked by the hunter, sometimes being left for days at a time.