Kōrero: Moriori

Tree carving

Tree carving

Moriori ancestors made carved images on the trunks of kopi (karaka) trees. Many of these carvings, or dendroglyphs, survive today. They have powerful spiritual associations, although their meanings are debated.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Kathleen Joan Silcock Collection (PAColl-1964)
Reference: PAColl-1964-27

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Me pēnei te tohu i te whārangi:

Denise Davis and Māui Solomon, 'Moriori - Origins of the Moriori people', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/1680/tree-carving (accessed 20 September 2019)

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