Story: Kites and manu tukutuku

Birdman kite, 1890 (2nd of 2)

Birdman kite, 1890

In this 1890 photograph of the birdman kite held in the Auckland War Memorial Museum, the teeth, moko (tattoo) and hair made from hawk feathers, can still be seen. Today they are no longer visible on the kite.

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Auckland War Memorial Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira
Reference: Neg. no. 4698

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How to cite this page:

Bob Maysmor, 'Kites and manu tukutuku - Types of Māori kite', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/5293/birdman-kite-1890 (accessed 16 October 2021)

Story by Bob Maysmor, published 12 Jun 2006