He Pito Whakaatu i te Noho a te Maori i te Awa a Whanganui / Scenes of Maori Life on the Whanganui River

Location:New Zealand / Aotearoa
Subject:Maori life and culture
Length:54 minutes
Format:35mm archival print
Year Released:1921/1986
Series:He Pito Whakatu a Te Maori Na James McDonald
Director:James McDonald for the Dominion Museum
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Description:In March and April 1921, several weeks were spent by Best, Andersen, and McDonald at Koriniti, Hiruharama, and Pipiriki in the Whanganui River valley. Te Rangi Hiroa (Dr Peter Buck) joined them for a few days at Koriniti. On this expedition over 300 still photographs were taken, over 4,550 cylinder recordings made of speeches and songs, and between 5,000 and 6,000 feet of film exposed (not all of which has survived). The film records games such as skipping and string games, crafts such as dyeing and weaving of harakeke for many purposes, cultivation, and fishing. The making of hinaki for eels and the setting of traps in the weirs are shown in detail. Also included are scenes of divination rites such as niu and raurau. Silent.
Record No:755
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