Story: Māori foods – kai Māori

Preparing pork, 1840s

Preparing pork, 1840s

A group of men, wearing feather cloaks and with full facial moko, prepare a meal on a campfire. The scene includes several pigs, indicating the importance of these animals to the 19th-century Māori diet. At lower left is a basket of hue, or gourds. These vegetables were grown to be dried and used as waterproof containers.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: B-172-002
Watercolour by John Gilfillan

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Charles Royal and Jenny Kaka-Scott, 'Māori foods – kai Māori - Foods introduced by Europeans', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 April 2024)

Story by Charles Royal and Jenny Kaka-Scott, published 5 Sep 2013