Go to National Library of New Zealand Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa Go to Te Ao Hou homepage
No. 26 (March 1959)
– 50 –

This chronicle is intended for the perusal, study, and consideration of Native youths in the future time, for the time may come when they will be trained in the paths of war. Therefore, o ye Maori youths, should you take part in the wars of the future, be careful lest ye forget your ancestor Uenuku, the god of your forefathers, by whose help they crossed the Great Ocean of Kiwa that lies before us.

1.

The first item for consideration as an omen is in regard to the direction of affairs and the appearances or manifestations of man in the daytime, also the conduct of affairs and dreams during the night. For the Furthest One has said that wisdom is uttered by the voice of each day, and that each night declareth knowledge.

Ere you go forth to fight display your legs to your women, young folk, and old men in what is termed a war-dance. Your women will never fail to observe the omens of the dance—the correctness of attitudes or mistakes committed. When your women are seen by you advancing with distorted faces by the side of your column, or columns, the rising of Tu-te-ihiihi, of Tu-te-wanawana (the war god), you then know that your legs will assail the stars in the heavens and the earth mother below.1 But should you commit errors and not deport yourself correctly, then assuredly you will not see your women dancing and grimacing, because apprehension has seized them, for from them comes the blood of the performing men that is to be borne into the fray and poured forth upon the land. So then you are aware that an error has been made in your dancing, therefore be cautious