Story: Moriori

Carving of seals

Carving of seals

These stylised seals were carved on the walls of a limestone cave on Rēkohu (Chatham Island). Seals had immense importance for Moriori, both as part of their diet and as symbols of the spiritual world.

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Denise Davis and Māui Solomon, 'Moriori - The migrations from Hawaiki', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 5 July 2022)

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