Memoirs of the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum of Polynesian Ethnology and Natural History Volume 2

 
9781230076355: Memoirs of the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum of Polynesian Ethnology and Natural History Volume 2

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1909 edition. Excerpt: ...another portion in shape of a funnel was the principal implement in a game of toss (C); small gourds were filled with pebbles (D) and used as rattles (u/1'11/1' /zula) or in the dance as castanets, and finally the fragments were used as job used the potsherds Coconul Ulensi/s. 147 when afflicted with furunculi. Truly the gourd was a most useful adjunct to the furnishing of a native house! The cultivation of this vegetable, once very extensive, had, in the early sixties, dwindled to a few places in Puna, Hawaii, and as many on the southerly shores of Kauai, and is now nearly extinct on this group. The Lagenaria has lasted longer than the Curcubita. COC01111t UtnSilS.--The fruit of the Coco palm has been several times referred to, and we may now examine some of the many uses this nut serves in the domestic economy of the Hawaiian. Little was peculiar to this people for the coconut is so widely spread through the tropics that many other races have exhausted their ingenuity in devising implements from the hard, durable shell of the coconut. Still it is well to show what the Hawaiians did with this material. First, probably the nuts served as water-bottles, as they still do in many parts of the Pacific, especially in the southern groups where they attain a greater size than on Hawaii. There is one in this _Museum from Samoa that has capacity of ninety-two ounces or nearly three quarts. Not less ancient was their use as drinking cups, and the Hawaiians made a distinction between ordinary cups (apu niu) and those exclusively for the use of the priests to which the name 010 was given. The former were cut at right angles to the vertical axis while the latter were cut parallel to this determinant: both forms are shown in Fig. 126. A coconut cup was...

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