The first Polynesians are thought to have arrived in New Zealand from other islands in the Southwest Pacific; the Moahunters, as one group of these Polynesians has been named by anthropologists, had established their nomadic, moa bird-hunting culture on the South Island by A.D. 950. The Moahunters used the stone of their new homeland—including jade, beginning at a very early period—for making weapons and tools.
KeywordsChatham Island European Influence Ceremonial Purpose Jade Artifact Southwest Pacific Region
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