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A Captain's Chiefly Gift

Episode:52Te Papa Collection:Pacific Cultures

Suggested curriculum levels:4 – 8

Curriculum connections:English: Listening, Reading, and Viewing, The Arts: Understanding the Arts in Context, Social Sciences: Identity, Culture, and Organisation

Description: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.

Questions for students

  1. When and where was Captain Cook presented with the cloak?
  2. Explain the significance of the cloak to the Hawaiians. What did it represent to them?
  3. Why did the Hawaiian chief regard Cook as worthy of the cloak? What particular qualities and achievements of Cook's were taken into account?
  4. How did the materials and making of the cloak reflect its purpose and value in Hawaii at that time? What do you think this would mean for the artists involved in making it?
  5. The death of Cook so soon after receiving the cloak raises many questions. Use the 'Key questions' response template to record questions, identify sources of information and make notes that will help you answer the questions. What sources will be most useful to you?

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