Story: Riri - traditional Māori warfare


This hue (gourd container) is enclosed in beautiful weaving. Hue contained preserved birds or other highly valued foods such as preserved kiore (Pacific rat). This type of container was a precious gift and in some cases would be gifted as part of an invitation to other tribes to become allies during a war.

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Basil Keane, 'Riri - traditional Māori warfare - Preparations and entering into battle', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 8 February 2023)

Story by Basil Keane, published 20 Jun 2012