Traditionally the whānau or extended family group numbered between 20 and 30 people. They often had their own defined compound in the tribal settlement, and their own plot in the kūmara (sweet potato) field. This drawing shows members of a whānau working together to maintain their kūmara plot. The two men in the foreground use digging sticks to cultivate the soil, while the woman beside them digs with a kind of hoe. In the background two people carry kūmara in a flax kete (basket) suspended from a pole, while another woman plants kūmara.
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