Story: Te tāhere manu – bird catching

Pōhā (kelp) (1st of 2)

Pōhā (kelp)

Pōhā were containers used to preserve birds in their own fat. This one consists of a kelp bag wrapped in tōtara bark inside a flax basket. Pōhā used to preserve tītī (muttonbirds) were known as pōhā tītī.

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How to cite this page:

Basil Keane, 'Te tāhere manu – bird catching - Seasons', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 9 June 2023)

Story by Basil Keane, published 24 Sep 2007