Story: Moriori

Tree carving

Tree carving

Moriori ancestors made carved images on the trunks of kopi (karaka) trees. Many of these carvings, or dendroglyphs, survive today. They have powerful spiritual associations, although their meanings are debated.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Kathleen Joan Silcock Collection (PAColl-1964)
Reference: PAColl-1964-27

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How to cite this page:

Denise Davis and Māui Solomon, 'Moriori - Origins of the Moriori people', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 26 June 2022)

Story by Denise Davis and Māui Solomon, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 1 Mar 2017