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Banshee Catcher
Item Information
Na'vi Name

Meresh'ti cau'pla

Size

2.3 meters long

Location

Pandora

Used by

Na'vi

Usage

Used to capture and restrain ikran

Weight

Up to 5.5 kilograms

Colour

Varies

Behind the Scenes
First Appearance

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The banshee catcher (Na'vi name: meresh'ti cau'pla meaning "nothing to see") is a bola used to subdue Pandoran wildlife but can also act as a tie-down.

Mastery of the banshee catcher is an indispensable skill for all Na'vi youth, who begin training with the device initially as a toy then more formally. A Na'vi will spend years developing the proper technique of the banshee catcher, first on tree limbs and then on the deer-like hexapede. Without proficient skill, a young hunter will fail the crucial rite of passage, Iknimaya. The catcher is crucial in this process as a young Na'vi must correctly snap the frond around the snout and eyes of the mountain banshee and quickly connect the queue between rider and animal. It is this temporary blinding of the animal that gives the lasso its name, meresh'ti cau'pla, which translates roughly into “nothing to see” or “nothing in sight to fear so don’t worry.”[1][2]

An imprecise toss of the banshee catcher has led to injury or death of many young Na'vi at the hands of an angered banshee.

OriginsEdit

The banshee catcher was first developed by Taronyu, a Legendary member of the Kekunan Clan. He braided Razor Palm leaves into a tightly wound rope to fashion the rough lassoo, and spent eight days studying an individual banshee. He was able to bond the banshee, and named it Rotalyu.[3]

Materials and ConstructionEdit

The banshee catcher is made from the leaves of the razor palm tree. The sinuous and durable plant similar to the Terran palm frond, weighted at one end with a stone. The plant's sticky, hairlike underside helps fasten the bola to the animal. The edges of the frond are dulled to avoid cutting.

ReferencesEdit

  1. James Cameron's Avatar: An Activist Survival Guide pg 142
  2. Pandorapedia - Banshee catcher article
  3. https://www.cirquedusoleil.com/toruk/pandora?explore

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