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Several Māori legends relate to sharks. In the far north, the ocean taniwha Ruamano took the form of a mako shark. If a waka (canoe) overturned, the crew called upon Ruamano to deliver them safely to land. In another legend, when the canoe captained by Tamatekapua was voyaging towards New Zealand, it met Te Parata, an ocean creature who almost swallowed the canoe and its crew. They were saved by a shark, and in its honour the crew renamed the canoe and their tribe Te Arawa (shark).
A tohunga and orator: Hetaraka Tautahi, of NgaRauru tribe, Waitotara (West Coast of North Island). He was a Hauhau and an adherent of the leading Taranaki war-chief Titokowaru | NZETC
A tohunga and orator: Hetaraka Tautahi, of NgaRauru tribe, Waitotara (West Coast of North Island). He was a Hauhau and an adherent of the leading Taranaki war-chief Titokowaru.
Māori girl playing a Jew's harp, early 1900s
Jew's harps were one of a host of European instruments taken up by Māori after whalers, sealers, sailors and traders brought them to New Zealand. One end of the Jew's harp is placed in the mouth and a reed attached to the frame is plucked to create a twanging sound. The sound is varied ...
Sophisticated 600-Year-Old Canoe Discovered in New Zealand
Sophisticated oceangoing canoes and favorable winds may have helped early human settlers colonize New Zealand, a pair of new studies shows.