Kōrero: Rural mythologies

Rākaihautū

Rākaihautū

This work by Brian Flintoff shows Waitaha ancestor Rākaihautū digging out the lakes of the South Island with his kō (digging stick). The ancestors of Māori found that it was difficult to grow tropical crops in New Zealand. However, the story of Rākaihautū reflects the importance of crop cultivation to Māori.

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Private collection
Mixed media by Brian Flintoff

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Jock Phillips, 'Rural mythologies - First traditions', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/artwork/20293/rakaihautu (accessed 11 August 2020)

He kōrero nā Jock Phillips, i tāngia i te 24 Nov 2008