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A Seaweed Pantry

Episode:100Te Papa Collection:Taonga Māori

Suggested curriculum levels:2 – 5

Curriculum connections:English: Listening, Reading, and Viewing, Social Sciences: Continuity and Change Economic World

Description:For generations, muttonbirds have been a Māori delicacy. But the hunting season is short, so how did they store them all year round? Simon Morton starts with a large pile of slimy seaweed.

Questions for students

  1. Why does the narrator introduce the Tale by opening a can of peaches?
  2. Why do people preserve food? What food preservation methods do you know of apart from cans? What are the advantages and disadvantages of each method?
  3. Use the 'Comparisons' response template to record the similarities and differences between preserving muttonbirds (titi) and preserving another kind of food.
  4. In your own words, describe the way poha titi (muttonbird bags) are made. You might like to try making a bag or ball from bull kelp yourself. What could you use it for?
  5. What impact does muttonbird collecting have on the bird population? Is it a sustainable 'industry'? Give your reasons.

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