Story: Waka – canoes

Poling upstream (2nd of 2)

Poling upstream

In this wood engraving from 1889 a group poles their canoe up the Whanganui River. The great effort required for travelling upstream is illustrated by the large number of men on the poles.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: PUBL-0085-096
Wood engraving by James Coutts Crawford

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr, 'Waka – canoes - Waka equipment', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 July 2018)

Story by Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr, published 12 Jun 2006