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Tales from Te Papa Episode 8: Puffer Fish Helmet
In Kiribati, the most dangerous sea-creatures are worn bravely and proudly. Riria Hotere meets a fish that could kill you, unless you are wearing one.
Tales from Te Papa Episode 9: Fijian War Clubs
Te Papa's Pacific store is home to all manner of ferocious weapons, including the deadly i Ula throwing club, and all manner of heavy arms.
Tales from Te Papa Episode 15: Pisupo Lua afe (Corned Beef 2000)
Artist Michel Tuffery puts a Pacific spin on sculpture with a cow made from corned beef tins. Riria Hotere finds a new way to savour a favourite food of the Pacific.
Tales from Te Papa Episode 30: Samoan Cricket Bats
Kilikiti is the national sport of Samoa. With the help of some huge bats Simon Morton discovers backyard cricket, Pacific Island style.
Tales from Te Papa Episode 31: Chief Mourner's Costume
In the Pacific it wasn't always appropriate to wear black to a funeral. Several hundred years ago the fashion was a frightening outfit made from precious pearl and black shell.
Tales from Te Papa Episode 38: Tapa Cloth
Eco fashion is nothing new in the Pacific Islands. For centuries they've been wearing tapa cloth, made from the beaten bark of trees.
Tales from Te Papa Episode 48: Tuvalu Clothes
European missionaries had an impact on the Pacific Islands in more ways than one. Their conservative clothes intrigued the near naked locals.
Tales from Te Papa Episode 51: The Feathered Face of War
One of Te Papa's most precious objects from the Pacific, this Hawaiian 'aumakua hulu manu is fearsome to behold.
Tales from Te Papa Episode 52: A Captain's Chiefly Gift
This 'ahu 'ula cloak was given to Captain Cook himself. Although it was a chiefly gift indeed, it did not protect him from his fate.
Tales from Te Papa Episode 74: Sacred masks
Tribes in Papua New Guinea used these Eharo masks for a ritual celebration that could last for years! They were usually burnt after use, so Te Papa's masks are especially rare.
Tales from Te Papa Episode 81: Stories Sewn in Quilts
Tivaevae play an important role in the narrative tradition of Pacific culture -- take a look at two of these beautiful quilts in Te Papa's collection.
Tales from Te Papa Episode 86: Carving Family History
Traditional methods of making tools are often lost in the modern age; find out how Kupa and Jack, brothers from Tokelau, have kept alive their grandfather's legacy by learning how to make adzes.
Tales from Te Papa Episode 87: Tatau - Samoan Tattooing
It's often a painful experience getting a tattoo; curator Sean Mallon explains why it is so important in Samoan culture.
Tales from Te Papa episode 103: P.A.C.I.F.I.C.A. Dresses
Fashions reflect more than passing fads. For many Pacific women, the clothes they wear can have a special significance. Riria Hotere learns about the dresses worn by a woman who has played an important role in supporting Pacific cultures in New Zealand.
Tales from Te Papa episode 116: A Whale Tooth Tale
All cultures have objects that are highly treasured. In many countries, some of these objects might be shown on coins or paper currency. In Fiji, the tooth of a whale is shown on the 20c coin. Find out why.
Tales from Te Papa episode 120: Kava Clubs and Black Fowls
'Boy meets girl' happens all over the world, but in some cultures, a 'Black Fowl' or close friend is needed to move things along. In Tonga, the Black Fowl entertains the parents with a kava ceremony while the boy and girl have some time to get to know each other.