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Kare u ta (incised bamboo), New Caledonia. Oldman Collection. Gift of the New Zealand Government, 1992. Te Papa

 
  • Explosive relations
  • 'Ship buster'
  • Broken relations
  • Flagging authority
  • Fighting figure
  • Double barrel, dual purpose
  • Mixed victory
  • Guns for decoration
  • Details of war
  • Weaving peace

Guns for decoration

Indigenous peoples used customary forms to record the introduction of guns. This ceremonial kare u ta (incised bamboo), made by the Kanak people of New Caledonia, features shotgun motifs. Above the guns are two European men, one elaborately dressed, the other smoking a pipe.