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The Coming of the Maori

Gorges

Gorges

Gorges made from a short length of tough wood sharpened at each end with a line tied to the middle were used in the Cook Islands and other parts of Polynesia. One end was held longways against the line and stuck into the bait. When a fish swallowed the bait, a pull on the line made the gorge turn crosswise. Some pieces of albatross bone sharpened at both ends and with notches in the middle for the line are in the Dominion Museum (46a, Fig. 39) and were evidently used as gorges.