Fire generating apparatus

Unknown Maker
In 1974 Waikato Museum acquired a selection of items, including this fire generating apparatus, from Graham Jackson. Jackson was a New Zealand anthropologist who spent time living with and researching the Kopon and the Kalam people of the Lower Kaironk Valley in Papua New Guinea.

Jackson fieldnotes: Coil of rattan-like material employed in generating fire. This is used as a fire saw. A split piece of wood with tinder in the split is stood on while the saw is passed under it and pulled backwards and forwards. Manufactured and used probably by males only.
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Object detail

Natural fibre, coiled.
115 x 120 x 42mm - HxWxD
375mm - circumference.
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Collection of Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato
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