Story: Riri - traditional Māori warfare



This engraving of a Māori warrior from Poverty Bay is a copy of a drawing by Sydney Parkinson from 1769. He holds both a short-handled and a long-handled weapon. The short one appears to be either a mere pounamu (greenstone club) or a patu onewa (stone club), while the long-handled weapon is a tewhatewha.

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Hand-coloured engraving after a drawing by Sydney Parkinson

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Basil Keane, 'Riri - traditional Māori warfare - Rākau Māori – Māori weapons and their uses', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 8 February 2023)

Story by Basil Keane, published 20 Jun 2012