Story: Kurī – Polynesian dogs

Decorative kurī hair

Decorative kurī hair

Shown from different angles, this carved taiaha (fighting staff) is decorated with white hair (known as awe) from a kurī. The hair was used to distract an opponent, because it would move as the weapon was wielded.

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Basil Keane, 'Kurī – Polynesian dogs - Uses of kurī', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 28 March 2023)

Story by Basil Keane, published 24 Nov 2008