Story: Shellfish

Shelling toheroa

Shelling toheroa

Shellfish were an important component of the Māori diet. These three girls from Northland, photographed in the first half of the 20th century, are shelling toheroa meat into tin cans. Their kete (flax bags) are full of shellfish, and they are surrounded by empty shells.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Northwood Collection (PA-Group-00027)
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Maggy Wassilieff, 'Shellfish - Food and other uses', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 June 2024)

Story by Maggy Wassilieff, published 12 Jun 2006