Kapinga Fish Surround
Life in the 50's, 60's, 70's
A Decade of Unheeded Warnings
Photojournalism & Documentary
Accentuate the Negative
End of the Machine Age
Gowanus Canal - Brooklyn, NY
Underground New York
3153-2.jpg Native fishermen in the "Mens House" working on net.
3153-3.jpg Another worker on a net
3153-4.jpg Collecting Mangrove leves & tying them to rope.
3153-5.jpg Close-up tying leaves to the long rope
3153-6.jpg Preparing rope for the Fish Surround
3153-12.jpg Boat leaving to join the surround.
3152-13.jpg Center person:"Mhoiti", Leader of the Net"searched for best location for "surround".
3155-1.jpg Boats are signaled where to meet for the Surround
3153-17.jpg Boats arrive at site
3153-16.jpg Boats arrive at site
3054-18.jpg Boats arrive and try to tie up at coral near the surface.
3054-10.jpg Ropes with leaves start the surround.
3054-13.jpg Surround continues
3155-16.jpg Surround continues
3155-17.jpg Surround continues
3155-13.jpg Surround tightens circle, Net in foreground
3156-2a.jpg Arrived at final circle
3156-4.jpg Tightened circle with fish forced towards net. Escaping fish-speared.
3156-9.jpg Keeping fish in net
3156-3.jpg Gathering at close circle
3156-5.jpg Holding fish in every way!
3156-6.jpg Hanging on to fish-every way!
3156-10-2.jpg V shaped net getting lifted to unload
3156-20.jpg Lifting full net into boat
3156-14.jpg Celebrating the catch
3156-16.jpg Viewing their hard work
3156-13.jpg Day's catch. Many are "reef fish" very much part of their diet.
3157-6.jpg Unloading at small off-shore island
3157-3.jpg getting fish ashore in many ways
3157-11.jpg Unloading process continues.
3157-12.jpg Dividing the catch begins
3157-17.jpg Mohoiti presides over fish distribution.
3157-8.jpg He calls the name of each to claim his share.
3157-7.jpg Close-up: Mohoiti
3157-19.jpg Fishermen start claiming their shares
3158-2.jpg Getting ready to sail home with fish stung on Palm frond-fibre!
3158-1.jpg A bit of competition, but the Chief will always get the largest fish of the day.
3158-3.jpg Older men get the larger fish, but all get equal weight.
3153-15.jpg Close-up - starting the trip home.
3155-10.jpg Close-up of two fishermen headed home to Pohnpei
3158-7.jpg End of Surround, with last of boats sailing back to the village.
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