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Brewarrina Fish Traps

Brewarrina Aboriginal Cultural Museum
Brewarrina, Australia

These Aboriginal fish traps are among the oldest human constructions in the world. 

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The Aboriginal fish traps at Brewarrina are among the oldest human constructions in the world. Also known as Baiame’s Ngunnhu, Nonah, or the Nyemba Fish Traps, these traps on the Barwon river have been around for thousands of years—though their exact age is not known.

Long before European colonizers came to the Australian continent, the Ngemba people of Brewarrina used their advanced knowledge of the behavior of both water and fish to build these river traps. Intricately-designed stone structures allowed the Aboriginal people to herd and then catch large numbers of fish.

The traps can be found next to the Brewarrina Aboriginal Cultural Museum.

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