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When the Salmon are Running

Series

Series Name
Rhodesian Spotlight

Issue

Issue No.
32
Length of issue (in feet)
847
Stories in this Issue:
  1. 1Northern Rhodesia Swimming Championships
  2. 2Fed-Wide Flashes
  3. 3When the Salmon are Running
  4. 4Spotlight On Broken Hill

Story

Story No. within this Issue
3 / 4
Summary
Rhodesian Spotlight synopsis: Tribal Salmon Fishing at the Chiwandama Falls in Nyasaland.
Rhodesian Spotlight Commentary - Every year the Lake Nyasa Salmon leap up the Chiwandama Falls to spawn, and it’s the signal for the tribal fishing. Some are expert with their hands, but most of the salmon are caught in nets - long handled affairs known as Khombe nets. On peak days up to 3000 salmon have been taken. By Hereditary right Chief Ngombo controls the fishing and owns the nets and to him gos two thirds of the catch. Most of the fish are smoked. When the salmon stop running the fishermen and their families will return to their homes, leaving the Falls completely deserted, but right now there’s work to be done.
Keywords
Fisheries
Written sources
Movietone boxfile no.1   Used for synopsis
Credits:
Production Co.
Central African Film Unit
Length of story (in feet)
65

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Film Archive

Name
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Notes
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