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Bag

A lacebark purse (kete hohere) with poi balls added at a later date....

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Bag

A bag (kete) made from kiekie, a climbing plant. This would have originally been black but is faded somewhat....

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Club

Made of hardened basalt, such weapons were deadly in battle. It was aimed at the enemy’s upper body or used to finish off a wounded enemy with a downward blow...

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Skirt

A hand-woven dance skirt (titi) of uncertain origin, probably Rorotonga or Tahiti. Made from hibiscus fibre and florets. A similar style of decoration has been found on Fijian...

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Cloak

Maori garments are referred to as kākahu and has been made from natural fibres and dyes including the harakeke flax plant. This hand-made cloak (pihepihe) consists of cylindrical tags...

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Spear club

Taiaha The taiaha is the Maori version of the spear club. Early examples are short and plain with no carving, while later examples are much longer and entirely covered with...

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Taiaha

Staff with carved top in the form of a head with an elongated tongue protruding in a typical Maori gesture of defiance. This is both a fighting weapon and a...

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Club

Tewhatewha, quarter-circle back-weighted club. Two handed weapon which was wielded so that blows were landed with the straight, flat side; alternatively the pointed butt could be used as a stabbing weapon....

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Club

In combat, the tassel of feathers on the club (tewhatewha) was shaken to distract the opponent. The blow was then delivered by the back of the blade. Obtained by Montague...

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Spear

In many areas of Oceania, the sea was considered as an ancestral domain inhabited by spiritual beings. Multi-pronged spears are constructed using coconut palm blades and were intended...

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