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Predicate Object 1970 1970-01-01T00:00:00.000Z 1970-12-31T00:00:00.000Z 1970.208 Collection of Auckland Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira, 1970.208, 43940 Tokelauan 1998-06-12T00:00:00.000Z 1 2021-03-04T00:26:10.919Z Pacific Collection Access Project Tokelau 35 Vilivili. Pump drill. This is a handmade vilivili made of various materials. The shaft of the vilivili is cylindrical in shape and made of wood. The shaft is threaded through a flat circular disc also made of wood. The disc is suspended by two metal nails that are embedded into the shaft. This disc gives the vilivili momentum when it is spinning but also balances it. At the top of the shaft a suspension cord made of twine is attached. At the other end of the twin is a crossbar made of a thin twig. The mata (point) of the vilivili is a nail embedded in to the shaft with the sharp point exposed. To use the vilivili the suspension cord is tightly wrapped around the shaft. To spin, the user must push downward on the crossbar. This momentum will unravel the suspension cord before wrapping it once again. This downward pressure allows for the vilivili to rotate in alternating directions. Vilivili were used to bore small holes into fish hooks, pendants and pearl shell lures. Vilivili
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