The haircutting ceremony is a rite of passage for young boys. At these large gatherings the boy sits on a chair draped with tīvaevae (quilts). As his hair is cut, members of the community plaster the boy with money or other gifts. The custom serves to maintain reciprocal ties within the extended family and community.
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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Photograph by Ian Mackley
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krke (not verified)
17 June 2018
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