Ancient Fishing Quiver, Meenukooli or Koori
Modern ideas to do something big and also the advancements in science have together led to the negligence of ancient, small and self-dependent working units.The rarely seen fishing equipment called Meenukooli or Koori(in Kannada language) is a very good example for this.
Latest inventions and advancements have pushed back the ancient working ways and techniques. The modern fishing techniques too, have left the ancient fishing folks far behind. A fresh example is meenukooli or Koori, a huge fishing quiver.
|Meenukooli or Koori attached to the bamboo bed|
A few years back, it was a common sight to see the meenukooli in many places of North Karnataka in India. But now, a few older ones, like the ancient fossils are visible here and there. Generally, this equipment is prepared using bamboo. For a longer life span of this equipment, a thick fluid, which is a remainder liquid obtained from the arecanut after boiling is applied over it and dried before use. The sharp end of the fish catching equipment is tied with a strong dry creeper. Then this equipment which resembles a sharp ended basket is tied at a suitable place in the flowing river. Most of the time, it will be a place where fish is available in abundance. Once the fish enters the basket, they will never be able to come out again.
After the fishing quiver is emptied of fish, the equipment will be placed at another corner where fish may be abundant. Thus during a rainy season, within a matter of 1-5 hours, a basket full of fish gets collected in the quiver.
Bamboo bed formation in the river
|Bed formation for fishing|
Slim bamboo types are used for creating 5-6 feet width bamboo bed and then they are tied together. The fishing quiver is then attached to the water flowing end. It may look simple to build up but it is a very tough handicraft work of the folks. It is mainly a creative work of the tribals in the region. This is also a symbol of eco-friendly and natural life style. Natural calamities, human greed, unavailability of skillful workers have collectively contributed to the disappearance of this handicraft.
A Unique Way of Catching Fish
|Meenukooli or Koori, the fishing quiver|
It is very much necessary to preserve such rare equipments which can help us in understanding our folks better. Never forget the way in which we led our life in ancient times.
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