Story: Kurī – Polynesian dogs



This drawing shows the giant Kōpūwai and his two-headed dogs. Kōpūwai lived with his kurī in a lair by the Mataau (Clutha) River in Otago. When he kidnapped a young girl, he was hunted down and killed along with his dogs by the girl’s relatives.

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Reference: Pauline Cartwright, Kopuwai the water swallower. Auckland: Scholastic, 1998, p. 9
Drawing by Phillip Paea

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Basil Keane, 'Kurī – Polynesian dogs - Traditional accounts of kurī', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 April 2024)

Story by Basil Keane, published 24 Nov 2008