Story: Māori smoking, alcohol and drugs – tūpeka, waipiro me te tarukino

Contemplative pipe (1st of 3)

Contemplative pipe

This young Māori man, with his clay pipe and thoughtful gaze, was painted in 1847. Whalers and sealers introduced Māori to pipes, which were the standard way of using tobacco for many decades after first contact.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: NON-ATL-C-0138-3
Ink and watercolour by Leopold Verguet

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How to cite this page:

Megan Cook, 'Māori smoking, alcohol and drugs – tūpeka, waipiro me te tarukino - Māori use of tobacco', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/39861/contemplative-pipe (accessed 23 October 2019)

Story by Megan Cook, published 5 Sep 2013