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  • Other Name

    shark club (English)

  • Description

    Paletu'a. No'o'anga club. This paletu'a is used for no'o'anga (shark hunting). No'o'anga is only performed by people form specific villages in Tonga; Eueiki and Navutoka. There is a whole process involved with no'o'anga, the paletu'a is used to hit and stun the shark so that it may be captured. This paletu'a is cylindrical in cross-section, from the handle it flares outwards towards the top which is rounded off. The shape would be similar to a baseball bat.

    The paletu'a is carved from a single block of toa (ironwood) and it is surface patterned in a woven basketry pattern from the top to the base.

  • Place
  • Accession Number
  • Accession Date
    12 May 1931
  • Other Id

    16405 (ethnology)

    L26 (Edge-Partington)

  • Department
club, 1931.245, 16405, L26, Cultural Permissions Apply

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