"Papuan Shark Catcher"Villages close to Kontu are famous for their traditional shark calling. These fisheries are surrounded by different rites, especially for initiatory rites at the end of adolescence. A teenager or a sinner must leave alone at sea aboard his frail canoe, he then calls the sharks by shaking under water about twenty coconuts so that it produces vibrations. When a shark comes, He maneuvers to pass him the loop of a lasso around the neck. He then only has to pull the noose with his large wooden batten and hoist the shark in the dugout before knocking him out with several blows of truncheon carried to the nose. Finally, he blows into a shell shell to announce his success and brings the remains of the shark to the village where it is shared between the inhabitants. Depending on the period and the villages, rituals and ceremonial dances can surround this fishing.
Dimensions: 129 x 45 x 8 cm