This piece of scrimshaw (carved whalebone) is an example of the interaction between European whalers and Māori tribes that developed as whaling stations and trading posts became established in the Nelson–Marlborough area. This contact coincided with the new allocation of tribal land established by Te Rauparaha and his allies, as they conquered the area in the 1820s and 1830s.
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