Story: Muaūpoko

Sculpture by Shane James

Sculpture by Shane James

This sculpture by Muaūpoko artist Shane James includes a taiaha (traditional weapon) modelled on one that belonged to a prominent Muaūpoko chief named Tanguru. The end of the taiaha that was decorated with dog hair and feathers was used to jab and distract an opponent, before the sharp-edged blade was brought down swiftly to deliver a fatal blow.

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Aratoi Wairarapa Museum of Art and History
Mixed media by Shane James

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Darren Reid, 'Muaūpoko - Muaūpoko today', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 15 May 2021)

Story by Darren Reid, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 1 Feb 2015