Object: Mutu Kaka (bird snare)
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|Title||Mutu Kaka (bird snare)|
Unknown (maker/artist), 1850-1900, Parihaka
x 220mm (Width)
x 29mm (Depth)
The mutu käkä form of bird snare was a simple but effective method of snaring large numbers of the noisy, socially garrulous, and inquisitive käkä (parrots: Nestor meridionalis). A plaited muka (flax fibre) cord would be jerked trapping the legs of the käkä against the protruding upright of the mutu käkä.
Mökai (tamed birds)
Young käkä were easily captured and tamed. They were held captive by a small leg ring called a pöria, which had a small cord attached to prevent the bird flying off. Käkä pöria (leg rings) could be quite ornate and were also worn as pendants. Mökai were made to call out to attract wild birds in the vicinity, who would come in great numbers upon hearing the cry of the captured bird. Mutu käkä were then used to capture birds as they alighted on the horizontal perch of the snare.
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- Mutu kaka. Snaring perches for taking the bush parrot. â€” H. Hamilton photo - New Zealand Electronic Text Collection
- Fig. 78.â€”A mutu kaka, or snaring-perch used in taking the kaka parrot - New Zealand Electronic Text Collection
- Mutu in karaka tree - Ministry for Culture and Heritage
- Taking the Kaka, Volume 42, 1909, Transactions and Proceedings of the New Zealand Institute, 1909. - Alexander Turnbull Library
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