How do you and your family impact on the environment?
What evidence would someone find in 200 years that showed your environmental impact? What is your environmental footprint?
Check out the following table that highlights the impact that the three main ethnic/cultural groups have had on Rekohu over the years.
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|Site/Aspect||Resources Within||Moriori||European||Maori||Evidence Today|
|Te Whanga Lagoon||Eels, cockles, mussels, whitebait, flounder, herring, water, shark's teeth||Food source, transport, water.|
Place to carve limestone, perhaps of worship, place of meeting of tribes
|Food source, method of getting from A-B|
Sharks teeth for decoration. Place of leisure
|Food source, water, method of getting from A-B.||Moriori/European/Maori:
Relics such as midden sites, and artefacts.
Sharks teeth. Tradition
|The Forest Environment||Trees, plants, hills, waterways, hollows, lakes, stone outcrops, clearings||Shelter, harvesting, hunting, spirituality||Grazing, crops, stone, harvesting, hunting||Protection/shelter, harvesting, hunting||Moriori: artefacts, tradition, studies
European: Clearings, Photographs, pasture, artefacts
Maori: artefacts, traditions,
|Plants||Trees, shrubs, grasses,||Medicine, food, firewood, weapons, tools, building material|
|shelter, firewood, tools, building materials, study||Medicine, food, shelter, firewood, weapons, tools, building material||Moriori: Tree carvings, traditions
European: remains of old buildings. Museums, Photographs
Maori: artefacts, traditions
|Bird life||Pigeon, Taiko, Weka, muttonbirds, plovers, albatross||Food, feathers for decoration, bones for tools.||Food, sport, study||Food||Moriori: midden sites, artefacts, traditions,
Europeans: museums, Photographs
|Stones||Schist, agyllite, obsidian, basalt, limestone, pumice, sandstone.||Adzes , burial boxes, cutting slashing, skinning, firestones, umu, Grinding adzes, anchors and sinkers||Selling adzes, study, construction||Anchors||Moriori: Artefacts and old stones traditions workings/sites
Europeans: Photographs Museums
|Streams and Rivers||Eel, whitebait, fresh water||Transport, food, drinking,||Transport, Food, drinking||Transport, food, drinking,||Moriori: Traditions,
|Off-shore Islands||Albatross, mutton birds, gulls, bluebellies, eggs, pigeon, seals||Food, tools, sanctuary||Food, seals, study||Food||Moriori: artefacts, tradition
European: photgraphs, museums, records
|The Sea||Seals, shark, blue cod, butterfish, hapuka, conga eels, blind eels, whitebait, herring, whales, sea weed, kelp, octopus, starfish, kina, paua, lobster,crab, salt||Food, clothing, transport, tools, decoration||Food, income, transport||Food, income, transport||Moriori: middens, arefacts, photographs, tradition,
European: history, photographs, museums,
Maori: traditions, recorded history, photgraphs,
|The Weather||Rain, hail, sleet, snow, wind, sun, night, day, winter, summer, autumn, spring, tides||Water, warmth, clues to seasons, for birding and fishing.||Water, warmth, growth of crops,||Water, warmth, seasons for crops and birds.||Moriori: artefacts, location of sites. (shelter)
European: North facing sites
Maori: location of pa’s (sheltered)
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