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Disconnected Stories: The Ngāi Tahu Heru

Our third Object Story dedicated to the theme of Indigenous Peoples relates to a Māori heru (ornamental comb) in the collections of Brighton Museums. It was collected by a French naval officer in Akaroa, Te Wai Pounamu (South Island) during the early nineteenth century.

Portrait of an unknown young Māori chief. Alexander Turnbull Library. PUBL-0037-16

The writing of this story was inspired by evocative narratives presented in the exhibitions at Akaroa Museum. 

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