Harvest at Loko ‘Ume Iki, original conte’ on pastel paper by Carol Araki Wyban.
Harvest at the ʻUme Iki fishtrap: At the change of the tide, the woman wades to the fish lane and sits on the platform of a channel. Her net covers the opening. As fish rush to meet the tide, she can feel the tug of the fish in the net and quickly lifts it to catch the fish. She then stores the fish in the gourd until she has enough to feed her family for the day. Then she wades across the pond to the shore. The next day, she begins the process again. Individual families had rights to use specific lanes. ʻUme means to attract. Iki means a little, thus to take a little which is Hawaiian tradition.
Dimensions: Framed 11″ x 14″
This giclee print is part of the Fishpond Technology: From Fishing to Fishponds.
Hawaiians observed nature. They conceived of, built and operated aquaculture systems. Ancient fishponds were in operation for centuries before Europeans came to Hawaiʻi. Their tools were their intellect, their hands, rocks and trees. The following figures describe the basic technology of fishponds and how they took the leap from fishing to aquaculture.
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