Story: Maramataka – the lunar calendar

Drying eels (2nd of 2)

Drying eels

According to the maramataka there were a number of nights favourable for catching eels. Some nights were good for all aspects of eeling, while others indicated specific methods, such as spearing or setting traps. This group is at Lake Forsyth (Wairewa) in the South Island, a traditional Ngāi Tahu eeling ground. The men skin and dry the eels, while the women make flax baskets to transport them.

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Paul Meredith, 'Maramataka – the lunar calendar - Nights of the month', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 January 2022)

Story by Paul Meredith, published 12 Jun 2006