Story: Māori prophetic movements – ngā poropiti

Dream of Te Nākahi

Dream of Te Nākahi

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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Auckland City Libraries - Tāmaki Pātaka Kōrero, Sir George Grey Special Collections
Reference: NZ MSS 116, p. 76

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How to cite this page:

Judith Binney, 'Māori prophetic movements – ngā poropiti - The first prophet – Te Papahurihia', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 15 April 2024)

Story by Judith Binney, published 5 May 2011