This toki (adze), made from Argillite, was found in the Hurleyville district. Toki were originally a practical tool employed in axes, chisels and weaponry. They were also used in toki poutangata, a purely ceremonial taonga (treasure) wielded by the leader in the tribe with the most importance. 71 more words
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Hand carved oxidized sterling silver and argillite Dogfish Pendant by Haida artist Ernest Swanson.
Ernest Swanson is one of the most creative young Haida artists working today. 135 more words
Argillite, or Pakohe, is an indurated mudstone which plays a significant role in Maori history.
Particularly associated with the Nelson-Marlborough region of New Zealand, early Maori communities recognised its superior qualities of hardness, strength, and ability to hold a sharpened edge, which made it ideal for making tools (especially adzes) and weapons. 89 more words