In this 1840s image of Ngāti Toa leader Te Rauparaha, he wears a feather in his hair and a pōhoi (feather-ball earring). Te Rauparaha is famous for the role he played during the musket wars. His brilliance as a general was in bringing together a collective of iwi to fight as allies against common enemies.
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