Māori Plant Use

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KERRY-NICHOLLS J. H. 1886. The origin, physical characteristics and manners and customs of the Māori race, from data derived during a recent exploration of the King Country, New Zealand.. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland 15 : 187 -209
AUTHOR: KERRY-NICHOLLS J. H.
PUBLICATION DATE: 1886
TITLE: The origin, physical characteristics and manners and customs of the Māori race, from data derived during a recent exploration of the King Country, New Zealand.
PUBLISHER: Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland.
NOTES: Māori population reported as decreasing. 3 principal diseases - phthisis, chronic asthma, scrofula. Mentions immoderate use of tobacco among 'modern day' Māori, and falling off in physical development. Rheumatism, the `itch', and paipai, a cutaneous disorder, most common pre-European illnesses. 'Of the science of medicine the Māoris know very little, and their nostrums are obtained principally by the infusion of plants, herbs and barks of trees. They, however, place great faith in the curative properties of the mineral waters in which their country abounds.' (p.206) Tattooing - the blue dye (kāpara) prepared from the soot obtained by burning the heart of the kahikatea and rimu trees. Beverage - 'at a certain season ...sweet nectar from the ripe berries of the tutu.' List of plants used in Native Pharmacopoeia. (See under plant names)
LINK WORDS: tattoo, food, medicinal, Dacrycarpus, Coriaria, Dacrydium
RECORD NUMBER: 2178