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