Featherwork
Hui 'Elua

Task/Instructions:There are three topics on this page: Bird Catching Techniques, Uses of Feathers, and Working with Feathers. Your project group may decide how to divide up the research work. Keep in mind that after you are done with your research, you share what you learned with the other members of your project group. All three of you will be responsible for knowing ALL of the information well enough to share with the others. You will then illustrate your activity for your Hui's Ahupua'a Mural.

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Illustrated by Marilyn Kahalewai from The Hawaiians of Old, by Betty Dunford, Copyright © The Bess Press, Inc.

Bird Catching Techniques
  1. The Hawaiians of Old, p. 123-127
  2. From the Mountains to the Sea
    p. 133-137
  3. Hawaiian Birds Used in Ancient Featherwork

 

Many of the Ali'i wore capes, cloaks, and helmets, made of feathers. These feathers came from different colored birds that they found in the mountain forest areas. Although some of the feathers they used were found in the ground it wasn't enough. For this section, you will be responsible for researching how they caught the birds that they used in their featherwork:

  • Describe two ways that the Hawaiians caught birds.
  • Did they kill the birds, or did they set them free?
  • What kinds of birds did they catch?
  • What tools did they use for bird catching?

In addition to researching the answers to these questions, you will also be responsible for drawing pictures of the tools they used to catch the birds and placing them on the appropriate place on the mural.


Uses of Feathers

 

  1. The Hawaiians of Old, p. 123-127
  2. From the Mountains to the Sea,
    p. 133-137
  3. Hawaiian Birds Used in Ancient Featherwork
  4. Ancient Featherwork from Bishop Museum
 

For this section you will be responsible for:

  • Describing the different objects that they created using feathers.
  • How did they make featherwork?
  • Was the featherwork used for things other than clothing?
  • What color feathers did they use?
  • Who used the featherwork?

In addition to researching the answers to these questions you will also be responsible for drawing pictures of different objects that they created using feathers.

 

 

 

 

 


Working with Feathers
  1. Hawaiians of Old, p. 123-127
  2. From the Mountains to the Sea,
    p. 133-137
  3. Hawaiian Birds Used in Ancient Featherwork

For this section you will be responsible for explaining:

  • How featherwork is made. You need to be able to describe the process that was used when making featherwork.
  • Who made featherwork?


Related Resources:
  1. Hawaiians of Old, p. 123-127
  2. From the Mountains to the Sea,
    p. 133-137
  3. Hawaiian Birds Used in Ancient Featherwork
  4. Ancient Featherwork from Bishop Museum

 

 

 

 

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Date Last Modified:11/16/02