Kauri Gum Specimen
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Kauri Gum in New Zealands native amber. Māori called kauri gum Kāpia, and had many uses for it. They chewed fresh gum from trees, and softened older gum for chewing by soaking it in water. As the gum also burns well, it was used to start fires or bound in flax to make a torch for night-time fishing. Gum was also used for moko (facial tattoos): the black soot from burnt gum was ground into a fine powder, mixed with oil or fat and applied to cuts in the skin.
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