Story: Te tāhere manu – bird catching

Cooking birds

Cooking birds

In this sketch by carver and artist Cliff Whiting, birds are being cooked over a fire, and their fat collected in tahā (gourds). Usually a number of spits rested on the horizontal rods and were turned when necessary. The birds were then preserved in their own fat. The containers holding the birds, tahā huahua, were often traded with other tribes.

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Reference: Te Wharekura 32. Wellington: Learning Media, 1978.
Pencil sketch by Cliff Whiting

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Basil Keane, 'Te tāhere manu – bird catching - Seasons', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 8 June 2023)

Story by Basil Keane, published 24 Sep 2007