Photograph, Harvesting Tītī; Trow, Morris; 2003; BL.TT45

Name/Title

Photograph, Harvesting Tītī

About this object

This photograph shows a young Jason Wilhelmson harvesting tītī - the sooty shearwater (Puffinus griseus), or muttonbird as it is widely known.

Muttonbirding, the practice of collecting the chicks from the bird's burrows, is one of the few remaining large-scale harvests of petrel species in the world and is culturally important, especially for Southern Māori.

Harvesting these birds is a practice only available to descendants of Rakiura Māori between the 1st April and 31st of May, on the islands around Stewart Island.

More information about the practice of muttonbirding can be found at Te Ara.

Place Made

Oceania, New Zealand, South Island, Southland, Stewart Island

Maker

Trow, Morris

Maker Role

Photographer

Date Made

2003

Period

2000s

Object Type

photographs

Subject and Association Keywords

Māori

Subject and Association Keywords

Animals (fauna)

Subject and Association Keywords

Hunting and Wild Harvesting

Subject and Association Keywords

People and Families (including births, weddings, deaths)

Medium and Materials

organic, processed materials, paper, photographic paper

Object number

BL.TT45

Copyright Licence  

All rights reserved

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