Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Maori Totem Pole at Karaka Point Picton

The view from Karaka Point, looking down the Marlborough Sounds, you can see the wake from a small launch cruising past; off for a days fishing maybe.
This is a Maori totem pole carving on the top of Karaka Point. This carving tells a story, but as I am not a Maori I don't know just what it says, but I imagine the story is about the ancient Pa (Maori Village) that was built upon the hill, at some point this village was over run and the inhabitants killed. This was in the past well before the white people came to new Zealand.

Another view of the Totem Pole, the man near the top is holding a patu which is a type of weapon used in battle by the old time Maori's, these Patu were made mainly of Greenstone or granite, polished and sharpened to a razor sharp edge.

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29 comments:

Esther Garvi said...

Hi there! Nice insight into the Maori culture. Just wanted to say that we are all so sorry for your contry's loss.

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Louise said...

Very interesting post with great pictures. Thank you!

Indrani said...

I have seen the pics in books, you have some nice ones i your post. Lovely!

allhorsestuff said...

I really think totems are facinating. Thanks for allowing me to see this one.
KK

Wren said...

Fascinating look at this culture and a major artifact, plus beautiful scenery. Thanks for sharing your world with us.

Catherine said...

Some great shots of the totem poles..

Baruch said...

Totem poles are always interesting. Thanks for sharing

Lily Hydrangea said...

great captures! Thanks for sharing this.

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raccoonlover1963 said...

Hi Glennis. I stopped by to return your visit and say thank you for stopping by.
Very unusual looking totem pole! I have seen some around here in area attraction, but never one like that. Nice shot of the water as well.
Take care and have a great week.
Lisa

antigoni said...

Great photos, excellent post!

W. Latane Barton said...

Beautiful carving!! I haven't seen totem poles in years so that was fun.

Marja said...

Beautiful totum pole Glennis So much to discover over there

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