Healing with Tutu: Rongoā Māori

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

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).

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

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He taonga tuku iho te rongoā Māori mai i tēnā whakatupuranga ki tēnā whakatupuranga, nō tuāuki, he mātauranga nō te taiao. Ko ngā rau, ko te kiri, ko ngā pua o te rākau, ko te mirimiri, ko ngā karakia, katoa ēnei taonga ka whai wāhi mai ki te rongoa Māori.

Ko Te Waari Carkeek te kaumātua mō te whakaaturanga a tōna iwi, a Ngāti Toa Rangatira ka tū ki Te Papa. I tēnei kiriata, ka kitea rātou ko tōna whānau e whakarite ana i te tutu (he paitini hoki) hei rongoā i te taui, i te whara rānei a ngā peka o te tinana.

He rongoā anō te tutu mō te mate kaikōiwi, mō te kōpukupuku, mō te kauti me ētahi atu mate.

Ko te kaupapa o te kiriata i konei, he whakatairanga i a Matariki 2015.

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