An-gujechiya tote bag by Marcia Biyay’ŋu


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The etching on this bag is inspired by Biyay’ŋu’s awe of her grandparents’ skill and her aspiration to learn the art of an-gujechiyaAn-gujechiya are fish traps made from mirlarl (jungle vine). 

Biyay’ŋu’s grandparents grew up using an-gujechiya in tidal channels at An-gaka A-barrjinga, near the Blythe River to the west of Milingimbi. They would also construct mindirre (sedge grass) walls on the outer edges of the trap to channel fish inside. Biyay’ŋu’s grandmother, Burangarra, recalls emptying traps as a girl and smoking many days worth of fish at a time. Her two fathers taught her and her sisters to make an-gujechiya.

An-gujechiya, An-gaka A-barrjinga and An-gujechiya dreaming belong to the Dhuwa moiety.  


Bag is 35 x 35 cm cotton calico, screen printed in Australia.

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