Story: Tribal organisation

The ancestor Awanuiarangi

The ancestor Awanuiarangi

Many tribes are named after an ancestor. Examples are the tribes Te Āti Awa of Taranaki, Te Āti Awa of Wellington and Ngāti Awa of the Bay of Plenty, who all trace descent from the ancestor Awanuiarangi. This depiction of Awanuiarangi is by Darcy Nicholas.

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How to cite this page:

Rāwiri Taonui, 'Tribal organisation - How iwi and hapū were named', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 10 June 2023)

Story by Rāwiri Taonui, published 8 Feb 2005