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Ancestral support


A wharenui might be named after a single ancestor and stepping inside may be entering the body of that figure, but a wharenui actually features multiple ancestral representa­tions. Chief among them are carved posts that sit at the front of the building, attaching to the roof as it meets the side walls. These are the amo and are the legs of the body. These ancestors are likely to have had a role in building the meeting hall.

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