Summary

Sedge grass baskets like this one are known as hunting bags. Being made from the tall sedge grass (Cyperus javanicus or Cyperus conicus) that is harvested after the beginning of the rainy season, gives their structure strength. These were made in a variety of sizes and used for a range of purposes, including carrying heavy loads of game, fish and vegetable matter. In camp, they were hung from forked sticks to keep meat and fish away from dogs. Smaller versions were used as sieves for straining food and placed in running water to leach poisons from bush foods. They are rarely decorated and their open weave allows sand, dirt and other matter such as blood and water to drain off. Miwana is the name for sedge grass itself, but is the term that can also refer to sedge grass baskets.

Physical Description

A conical twined basket made of sedge grass open weave. The mulitstrand handle of vegetable fibre string is attached to the rim at the rear.

Local Name

miwanna

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