August 18, 2014
Museum encourages hue planting
Whanganui Regional Museum is encouraging people to grow hue or gourds.
The museum is exhibiting taha or containers made from the gourds.
Educator Margie Beautrais says taha were used as water vessels and for preserving food, and they would have been essential for survival on the long ocean voyage to Aotearoa.
They also were used as floats for fishing nets, as well as being turned into musical instruments.
The museum is giving out free seeds and instruction books to school classes and other interested people.
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