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 pā 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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