Thursday, 21 February 2008 8:05 AM

Stone Carved Net Guides Fishermen

Solomon Islands with its cultural diversity have the pride to share what speaks of their identity.

The various cultures identify the nine provinces around the country and in its own uniqueness, Solomon Islanders proudly tell the story of their cultural history.

A local man from Malaita Province showed Solomon Times a 'carved net sinker' made of stone.

Solomon Times was informed that the stone carving was used by their ancestors as anchor.

The carved stone net sinker had two faces on it, which symbolize the ancestors.

"The two faces on the carved stone net sinker is a 'guide' for the fishermen to keep them from harm when out at sea, and they also guide the fish right through the net," the Malaitan explained.

He revealed that the net sinker is originally from Malaita but other provinces now use the same stone for fishing purpose.