Maori Forts - Pa
The word pā can refer to any Māori village or defensive settlement, but often refers to hill forts - fortified settlements with palisades and defensive terraces - and also to fortified villages. Pā are mainly in the North Island of New Zealand, north of Lake Taupo. Over 5000 sites have been located, photographed and examined although few have been subject to detailed analysis. No pā have been yet located from the early colonisation period when early Polynesian-Māori colonisers lived in the…
Pendant, Hei Tiki; unknown; 2004.4903.80 on NZ Museums
Pendant, Hei Tiki, unknown maker/origin/date. Maori [native] crafted by hand in N.Z. Pounamu [Green stone/Jade]. These Taonga [treasure] were worn around the neck, hung on handmade flax string. They were a symbol of ancestors or the Goddess of life/child birth. Pounamu is a hard stone and only comes from one area of N.Z. It was a laborious process to carve and polish a Hei tiki just using stone tools, sand and water. They have a beautiful smooth waxy feel.
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