Knucklebones, poi, and stick games are among hands-on exhibits in Nga Taonga Takaro – Traditional Maori Games – a new childrens’ display running through the school holidays at the Coach House Museum, until the end of February.
Alfie (three), and Atlas Brew (five), of Feilding enjoy TeRakau (Maori stick games).
The museum’s central display area is devoted to an area where children (and their parents), can explore games of a Maori childhood, and in most instances test their skills by having a go. It is a temporary display among the usual museum display of horse-drawn equipment and other agricultural machinery from a bygone era.
Alfie Brew, three, of Feilding does well trying out swinging a set of poi.
‘Taonga’ translates as “treasure, anything prized Including socially or culturally valuable”, while ‘Takaro’ means “sport, game, or recreational activity,” hence Maori traditional games.
The display features numerous posters of Maori games, and recreational activities, as well as hands-on activities like poi, stick games, knucklebones, and string games, among others.
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