Kōrero: Children’s play

Māori children playing ruru

Māori children playing ruru

Māori children play ruru (also known as kōruru), in a 1907 painting by Gottfried Lindauer. Ruru, usually played with five stones, was a game very similar to the traditional European game of knucklebones.

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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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Me pēnei te tohu i te whārangi:

Peter Clayworth, 'Children’s play - Traditional Māori and settler children’s play', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/artwork/40830/maori-children-playing-ruru (accessed 19 September 2019)

Story by Peter Clayworth, published 5 Sep 2013