Object: Poha Titi
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Ashwell, Harold, 1997, Southland
|Materials||bark, harakeke, kelp|
|Credit line||Purchased 1997|
South island tribes used the poha titi as a unique way of preserving and storing titi (muttonbirds). This poha has been made from a kelp bag that has been covered with strips of totara bark and placed inside a woven kete (basket). Made as recently as the 1920s–1930s, it is evidence of a tradition that still has strong relevance today.
The custom of collecting and storing titi – widely known as muttonbirding – is practised by the people of Rakiura (Stewart Island), where they and their descendants have seasonal rights to gather titi on 36 nearby islands.
Poha Titi – he tikanga motuhake
Koinei te ahuatanga ki nga hapu o Rakiura he poha titi, e tohu ai i ta ratau tahu i te titi, a, ka waiho hei kai i tona wa. I hangaia te poha ki te rimurapa, a, uhia atu ki te kiri totara. I muri ka whiria he kete e ngawari ai te mau haere. No nga tau 1920–1930, ka hangaia tenei poha titi, a, kei te mau tonu i a ratau te ahuatanga o te mahi poha titi.
Kei te mau tonu i nga uri whakaheke nga tikanga mo te mahi titi, a, he whanau he moutere, he whanau he moutere. Koinei te tikanga mai ra ano. He kaupapa nui te mahi titi.
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