Story: Traditional Māori games – ngā tākaro

Māori children playing knucklebones

Māori children playing knucklebones

This 1907 Gottfried Lindauer painting shows Māori children playing knucklebones. The game had a range of Māori names including ruru, kōruru, kai makamaka, tutukai and ruke. As with most Māori games there were special chants to go with the different stages of play.

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Auckland Art Gallery – Toi o Tāmaki
Reference: 1915/2/21
Oil on canvas by Gottfried Lindauer, 1907

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Ross Calman, 'Traditional Māori games – ngā tākaro - Games of skill with words and hands', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/39354/maori-children-playing-knucklebones (accessed 17 September 2019)

Story by Ross Calman, published 5 Sep 2013