Story: Traditional Māori games – ngā tākaro

Karetao (puppet), early 1800s

Karetao (puppet), early 1800s

The arms of this karetao (puppet) were attached to its body by a cord passed through holes in its shoulders.  The puppeteer held the karetao by the handle at the base and moved the arms by pulling strings.

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How to cite this page:

Ross Calman, 'Traditional Māori games – ngā tākaro - Flying kites, spinning tops and other games', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/object/39358/karetao-puppet-early-1800s (accessed 22 April 2019)

Story by Ross Calman, published 5 Sep 2013