Story: Traditional Māori warfare – Riri


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, 'Traditional Māori warfare – Riri - Preparations and entering into battle', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 April 2024)

Story by Basil Keane, published 20 Jun 2012