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Te Ao Pasifika: The Shark Caller

Wednesday, Term 4, 2017 and Term 1 2018

Students will explore some of the traditional tools and implements used for fishing.

Students
Years 1–8, tertiary and community, maximum 30 students
Cost
$5 per student for a one-hour programme
Availability
Wednesday, Term 4, 2017 and Term 1 2018
Venue
Pacific Lifeways Gallery
New Zealand Curriculum

The arts: Levels 1–4
Social sciences: Levels 1–4

Related galleries and exhibitions
Pacific Masterpieces

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In this session students explore some of the traditional tools and implements used for fishing. Explore fascinating implements such as the pearl shell lure and the bizarre shark caller or rattle.

The shark rattle is made of half coconut shells that have been pierced and strung together on a loop made from tree vine. For centuries people in the Pacific have practised shark calling – beckoning sharks close with this special rattle so they can pull them into their outrigger canoes.

During this programme students will:

  • hear stories and handle objects
  • learn about the materials used in various instruments and how these tools function.