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Predicate Object 1936 1936-01-01T00:00:00.000Z 1936-12-31T00:00:00.000Z 1936.295 Collection of Auckland Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira, 1936.295, 24101.3; 187 Kiribati 2002-06-24T00:00:00.000Z 1 2021-03-03T23:43:27.339Z Kiribati Pacific Collection Access Project 35 Tools and Implements/- PACIFIC SUBJECTS - Housing/- PACIFIC SUBJECTS - Te kai ni wairau. Thatching awl. This kai ni wairau is used to make ato (pieces of thatch) forming the roof of dwellings. Ato are sourced from prepared te baa (coconut leaves) or baan ni kaina (pandanus leaves) that are soaked for up to three days then layered thickly together. When attached carefully these become water tight and are able to protect a dwelling for several years. The kai ni wairau is used to pierce the leaves which are then secured with te noko (coconut midrib) through the holes. This kai ni wairau is made of te rii ni kua (porpoise bone), shaped like a flat shard and ground to a sharp point at one end. It is slightly curved in profile with a glossy textured surface. It is a yellowed to off-white colour with dark discolouration around the interior middle layer of the bone. Te Kai ni Wairau
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