George French Angas (Artist) J W Giles (Lithographer)

I. Native Swing. II. War Dance Before the Pah of Oinemutu near Roturua Lake.

I. Native Swing. II. War Dance Before the Pah of Oinemutu near Roturua Lake. by George French Angas, J W Giles

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Angas's description:

"PLATE LIII.

MAORI OR NATIVE SWING.

A FAVOURITE amusement amongst the natives of the interior is the swing, consisting of a number of flax-cords fastened from the top of a pole, which is usually fixed into the ground on the sloping side of a bank: the natives, when swinging, take hold of the cords, and running down the bank, strike out into the air and swing back again to the bank; occasionally they run round in a circle, as in the gymnastic pole of Europe. This amusement is rarely to be seen on the coasts: the only places where I observed it was in the villages about Taupo.

WAR-DANCE.

BEFORE going to battle, and frequently on festive occasions, the war-dance is per-formed by the men of the tribe. During these savage ceremonies, the performers dance entirely naked, and as they become excited with their war-songs, they work themselves up to the highest pitch of rage. The time of the dance is beaten with their canoe paddles. The plate represents a party of warriors who have just landed, and are performing their war-dance before the great pah of Oinemutu, at the Roturua Lakes."

Title
I. Native Swing. II. War Dance Before the Pah of Oinemutu near Roturua Lake.
Artist/creator
Production date
circa 1847
Medium
hand coloured lithograph
Dimensions
543 x 365 mm
Inscription
Plate 53
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2009
Accession no
2009/16/23/1
Copyright
Copyright Expired
Department
New Zealand Art
Display status
Not on display

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