In this 1853 painting, ‘A native council of war’, artist John Gilfillan attempts to depict a formal gathering of what could be several iwi (tribes). Those present listen attentively to the speakers, one of whom uses a taiaha (spear) to emphasise his words.
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Hocken Library, University of Otago
Oil painting by John Gilfillan
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