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Negative (black and white); a Tūhoe chief, Tepairi Oterangi, standing in front of his carved whare (house); he wears a kahu huruhuru (feather cloak) and a piupiu (flax skirt), and holds a pouwhenua (long spear); three taiaha (ceremonial and fighting staff), one mere or patu (short club) and four other weapons are layed out on a mat in front of his whare; Waimana Valley, New Zealand.
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Height: 2.50 centimetres
Width: 3.70 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Related images: this image is on a roll of film negatives of thirty nine images (Oc,F.N.3879 through 3917). The roll was in a cardboard canister labelled with the number "5 A3967 W Kissling"; which was in a wooden box bearing a label with the inscription: "MAORI NEGATIVES Property of Dr. Werner Kissling"
Oc,B127 and Oc,B128 are additionally part of this collection of images from New Zealand by Werner Kissling taken in the late 1930's. Some of the same Kissling images can be found in the photographic collection of the Cambridge Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.
Image Oc,B127.23 is a print of this image, and is associated with an index card typed by Werner Kissling, which reads:
Chief's carved house
The chief's house is not an ordinary dwelling and is still used occasionally for gatherings of Tuhoe folk as a small meeting house and as a guest house. Ordinary living houses were smaller, low lying, often partly sunk in the earth for warmth in winter, whereas the better houses were erected with the doorway and floor of the house rising well above the ground. Sidewalls and roof have been extended to provide a porch on each side of which a carved post stand at the wall end. Entrance from the porch is into an undivided room, spacious and airy, devoid of any furntiture, a large flax mat covering the floor.
Speech of welcome by Chief Tepairi. Almost unnoticed, without delay or haste, the weapons had found their way to the front of the porch. They were the life of Tepairi. Long spear, POUWHENUA, made of hard wood, in his right hand.
W. Kissling (1939)."
- Not on display
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
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- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: 6 (Film negative roll number)