Lost knowledge of hunter gatherer
Owen Boynton will take viewers back in time in his new TV programme, Toa Hunter Gatherer.
The 32-year-old, from Cambridge, will debut his show on Maori Television in September, recapturing knowledge and techniques lost in the modern industrialisation.
Boynton ventures around Aotearoa in the eight-part series, talking to local experts on historical approaches to hunting, fishing and bush craft specific to each region. Toa means warrior. ‘‘I’ve had a philosophy that, regardless if you’re a hunter or not, there is a warrior in us all. We need to find that warrior and use it to our potential, for whatever skills that may be in our life.
‘‘And for me, that was hunting and gathering.’’
He believes the mindset of youth and hunting has changed.
‘‘Today, hunting is portrayed as a sport - for recreational hunters. Our show is more about getting in touch with our history, learning from our elders and looking at traditional ways a hunter gatherer would once do things.
‘‘These days it has become more about people wanting to experience the thrill of it [hunting], regardless of the skills they have or not.’’
Boynton said back in the day, hunters were providers. He was lucky to learn from a young age from his elders, and he learned from the best.
‘‘I learned from my family. My father was one of many brothers. We’re basically a line of hunters not one of us to yet be a hunter.
‘‘We’ve always been taught the reasons why to hunt.’’
Boynton has a large following on his Facebook page, Toa Hunter Gatherer.
The show premieres on Maori Television at 9.30pm on Monday, September 12.
Owen Boynton ventures around Aotearoa in his Maori Television series, Toa Hunter Gatherer.