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Hue HC230

Two carved and painted hue.

Hue (Polynesian bottle gourds) had many uses, including storing water and preserved food.

The earliest evidence of hue (gourds) is in archaeological sites in Peru dating back to 13,000 BC and Thailand sites in 11,000 BC.  Gourds have had numerous uses including musical instruments, tools, decorative objects; food, water and food vessels. 

Hue were brought to Aotearoa on the waka hourua by the Polynesian ancestors of Māori who made Aotearoa their home.

Hue grow on vines (taking around 100 days to grow), and are then dried out before being used as vessels or ornaments. It can take anywhere from a few weeks to six months for the gourd to dry out ready for use.

Why not use these hue to teach about :

Te Pūrākau o Taurikura

> Stories of Tauranga Moana (Te Pūrākau o Taurikura on page 29)

>Map of Taurikura's haerenga (journey)

The Battle of Pukehinahina Gate Pā


The Waka Hourua

Included with these hue are laminated photos of

-a painting from Te Pakanga o Pukehinahina - Colonel Booth being given water from a gourd

-a painting of Taurikura by Michelle Estall, with the pūrākau of Taurikura on the back. A gourd features in this story of Taurikura who refused to collect water for her grandfather.

-photo of the gourd carving (related to the pūrākau of Taurikura) on the corner of Spring St and Grey St, Tauranga CBD 

-a gourd growing on a vine

-a hue from Canterbury Museum

Date: 21st century

maximum dimension: 30cm

subject area: Social Science, Science, The Arts, PE and Health

subject themes: plants, gardening, Aotearoa Histories, māori, calabash

handling collection number: HC230



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