Story: Muriwhenua tribes

Dog-skin cloak (1st of 2)

Dog-skin cloak

There are several stories about the origin of Ngāti Kurī’s name (kurī means dog). One says that they lured some enemies out of a by making a ‘whale’ from dog-skin cloaks such as the one pictured here. Their enemy hoped to gain whalebone and meat; instead they met defeat.

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Auckland War Memorial Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira
Reference: Ethno 280

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Rāwiri Taonui, 'Muriwhenua tribes - Ngāti Kurī, Ngāi Takoto, Te Pātū and Ngāti Kahu', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 8 December 2023)

Story by Rāwiri Taonui, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 22 Mar 2017