Story: Māori clothing and adornment – kākahu Māori

Moa-bone necklace

Moa-bone necklace

This magnificent necklace is made from moa bones shaped to resemble whales’ teeth. It comes from Southland and dates from the early settlement of the region by Murihiku Māori, when moa were still readily available.

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How to cite this page:

Awhina Tamarapa and Patricia Wallace, 'Māori clothing and adornment – kākahu Māori - Amulets and ornaments', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/object/41019/moa-bone-necklace (accessed 24 February 2020)

Story by Awhina Tamarapa and Patricia Wallace, published 5 Sep 2013