Story: Seaweed

Preparing pōhā for transportation (3rd of 3)

Preparing pōhā for transportation

Each bull kelp pōhā was packed tight with the preserved bodies of muttonbirds and placed into a flax basket. In this photograph, taken on Solomon Island (near the southern tip of Stewart Island) around 1920, Mrs S. Burke places fresh strips of tōtara bark around the bags to protect them when they are transported off the island.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
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Maggy Wassilieff, 'Seaweed - Traditional use of seaweeds', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/4602/preparing-poha-for-transportation (accessed 14 August 2020)

Story by Maggy Wassilieff, published 12 Jun 2006