Moriori


by Denise Davis and Māui Solomon

Hundreds of years ago the Moriori, of the Chatham Islands, took a solemn vow of peace known as Nunuku’s Law. The decision to uphold this sacred law in the face of aggression in 1835 had tragic consequences. They were slaughtered, enslaved, and dispossessed of their lands. Nevertheless, the Moriori people survived.

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Main image: Carved planks from a Moriori house

Carved planks from a Moriori house


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