Ross, Malcolm, 1862-1930 :[Poi dance at Ruatoki, during the visit of Lord Ranfurly's party], [March 1904]
Reference Number: PA1-q-634-39
Group of women performing a poi dance 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: "In marvellous time the light poi balls, made from reed fibre, and attached to strings of twisted flax, were swung with lightning quickness through the air, anon hitting palm or thigh, or foot, with a light patting sound, but never one fraction of a second out of time."
Conditions governing access to original: Not restricted
Inscriptions: Inscribed - On album page - beneath image: The light "poi" balls were swung with lightning quickness.
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