Story: Te Tau Ihu tribes

Scrimshaw (1st of 3)

Scrimshaw

This piece of scrimshaw (carved whalebone) is an example of the interaction between European whalers and Māori tribes that developed as whaling stations and trading posts became established in the Nelson–Marlborough area. This contact coincided with the new allocation of tribal land established by Te Rauparaha and his allies, as they conquered the area in the 1820s and 1830s.

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National Library of Australia, Rex Nan Kivell Collection
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Hilary Mitchell and John Mitchell, 'Te Tau Ihu tribes - Coming of the Pākehā', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/551/scrimshaw (accessed 31 March 2020)

Story by Hilary Mitchell and John Mitchell, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 22 Mar 2017