Māori Plant Use

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COLENSO William 1882. Contributions towards a better knowledge of the Maori race. Part IV - on their legends, myths, quasi-religious ceremonies and invocations, concerning the kumara plant. . Transactions of the New Zealand Institute 14: 33-48
AUTHOR: COLENSO William
PUBLICATION DATE: 1882
TITLE: Contributions towards a better knowledge of the Maori race. Part IV - on their legends, myths, quasi-religious ceremonies and invocations, concerning the kumara plant.
PUBLISHER: Transactions of the New Zealand Institute.
TRADITIONS: Colenso describes place of kūmara in Maori cosmology. Relates traditions of kūmara introduction according to various iwi - East Coast Maori, especially Ngati Porou (Kahukura and Horouta canoe); West Coast traditions (Turi and Aotea canoe); Thames (Hotunui, Hoturoa and Tainui canoe); Hawkes Bay (Pourangahua); Urewera (Pourangahua. who brought the varieties Kawakawatawhiti, Toroamahoe, te Tutaanga, te Kioiorangi, te Tutaetara, te Monenehu, te Anutai). Anurangi is given as a synonym of Anutai.

Colenso presents an invocation or karakia used at planting time and analyses the wording.

Describes the tradition of selecting a peculiarly-shaped abnormal and rather large root called 'Pani's canoe'. Cooked at a sacred fire as an offering to the tohunga, a thanks-giving for a prolific crop.
LINK WORDS: aruhe, Pteridium, kūmara tradition, Ipomoea
RECORD NUMBER: 2005