Story: Te tāhere manu – bird catching

Fowler with a stick

Fowler with a stick

This sketch was drawn by Te Arawa elder and scholar Te Rangikāheke in a manuscript about fowling. It depicts a fowler holding a stick and hiding in a temporary hut. Two decoy birds, described by Te Rangikāheke as manu tīoriori (song birds) are attached to the perch. The decoys attract other birds, and when they alight on the perch the fowler knocks them off with his stick.

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How to cite this page:

Basil Keane, 'Te tāhere manu – bird catching - Spears, rods, hands and traps', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/11989/fowler-with-a-stick (accessed 17 December 2019)

Story by Basil Keane, published 24 Sep 2007