CHICKEN DINNERS

3/11/2020

Early man with his observational skills, listened to small birds singing and attempted to draw them in at close range for the kill by mimicking their unique sounds. These prehistoric people started out with songbirds that could be taken out with a well thrown stone. However they did not possess enough meat to satisfy the clan unless hundreds could be taken at a time. The birds got wise to this ploy before such kill numbers materialized, because aerial observation usually spotted the predators hiding in the bush. Man then moved on to medium sized aquatic birds that spent a lot of time on land near the surface of the water. Their larger size dictated that they stay grounded to conserve energy, unless they were migrating. These more satisfying meals were a tougher catch because the larger birds could take a body blow from a stone without it being fatal. Sticks were the weapon of choice here because they carried more lethal energy and could be reswung quickly, incapacitating their escape. The ducks and geese compensated by moving out on to islands and nested in tundra lands where man and cover were scarce. As man invented tools that revolutionized hunting such as the bow and arrow, he sought more productive feasts including emus, moas and ostriches. Now able to kill at a distance and avoid their massive legs and claws that could shred a human, these bird buffets could feed a village for a week. Polynesian people called Maori were excellent moa hunters on a recently discovered island later called New Zealand. They had a chief named Kornal Sundors who had a special recipe that contained 11 herbs and spices to make the moa delicious. The demand was so high that in a very brief period all 9 species of moa became extinct. When Dutch sailors landed and saw how muscular and fearless the Maori were with their tattoos and haka chants, they attributed these traits to their diet. They stole the recipe and cooked chickens in it. All they got was big, fat people. 

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