Ross, Malcolm, 1862-1930 :[Haka at Ruatoki, during the visit of Lord Ranfurly's party], [March 1904]
Reference Number: PA1-q-634-38
Group performing a haka in Ruatoki during the visit of Lord Ranfurly and party, photographed in March 1904 by Malcolm Ross.
Extent: 1 b&w original photographic print(s)Silver gelatin print 161 x 202 mm mounted on album page 255 x 287 mm. Photographs
Historical Notes: In "Through Tuhoe land" (Christchurch Press, 1904), which describes the vice-regal expedition which is the subject of PA1-q-634, Malcolm Ross writes: "No sooner had we taken our seats in front of the Runanga House than the warriors, most of them stripped to the buff, and wearing rare mats of dogskin, flax or feathers, rushed into the village square, brandishing their staffs and meres with that strange trembling motion of the hand and wrist that only a Maori can acquire.... In perfect time they sang and waved their staves and meres till, panting from their exertions, they flung themselves with startling suddenness on the ground in a crouching position...."
Conditions governing access to original: Not restricted
Inscriptions: Inscribed - On album page - beneath image: "In perfect time they sang and waved their staves and meres".
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