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Healing with Tutu: Rongoā Māori

22 July 2015

Te Waari Carkeek is a kaumātua (elder) at Te Papa. He and members of his family, all descendants of Ngāti Toa Rangatira, demonstrate a remedy for sprains, strains, and broken bones, using the poisonous plant tutu (Coriaria species).

Rongoā Māori is the traditional Māori healing system. This ancient lore, including plant use, massage, and incantations, has been passed down through many generations.

The properties of tutu can be used to treat arthritis, skin rashes, gout, and other ailments.

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Discussion starters

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Keywords: tutu, ronga, transport, biotechnology, characteristics of technology, technological products

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