Story: Tangihanga – death customs

Tangi of Makere Wikitoria Taitoko

Tangi of Makere Wikitoria Taitoko

The coffin of Makere Wikitoria Taitoko sits draped in a cloak on the porch of a house at Pūtiki, surrounded by mourners, in June 1912. The walls are hung with photographs of other members of her tribe.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Tesla Studios Collection (PAColl-3046)
Reference: 1/1-021242-G
Photograph by Frank J. Denton

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Rawinia Higgins, 'Tangihanga – death customs - Understanding tangihanga', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 May 2022)

Story by Rawinia Higgins, published 5 May 2011