Story: Pacific migrations

A gourd used by Māori

A gourd used by Māori

Polynesian settlers to New Zealand brought two South American plants, the kūmara and the gourd. Māori ate the young fruit of the gourd, or hue, in summer, baking it in an earth oven. Hollowed out, the matured fruit provided water vessels and food containers. Because gourds were more difficult to grow in the South Island, seaweed and bark vessels were commonly used there. Empty gourds were also made into musical instruments.

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Geoff Irwin, 'Pacific migrations - Māori ancestors', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 13 July 2024)

Story by Geoff Irwin, published 8 Feb 2005, reviewed & revised 8 Feb 2017