This sketch shows the dream of Te Nākahi (the serpent) drawn in February 1847. The drawing suggests the scattering of divinatory sticks by a tohunga. Figure number 1 represents the high cliff on the East Coast, with waves dashing against it, and number 2 the canoe upside down and people drowning. Number 3 is another canoe, overturned. Number 4 is 'Ata o te rangi or the Spirit of the air', who extended his hand to Mohi Tāwhai and threw him back on land; 5 is Mohi Tāwhai.
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Reference: NZ MSS 116, p. 76
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