Carved Colt a Sharp Shooter
Episode:112Te Papa Collection:History
Suggested curriculum levels:4 – 8
Description:Different wars can still have connections. How can today's Olympic shooting teams trace their origins back to the New Zealand Wars of the 1860s? How did a Pākehā volunteer soldier fighting Māori in Taranaki come to have his revolver carved in a traditional Māori pattern?
Questions for students
- What is the connection between the New Zealand Wars and modern shooting competitions?
- What were the two 'sides' of the wars in Taranaki? What did each side want? How did they view each other?
- What is the history of the Colt Navy Revolver in Te Papa's collection? Who owned it? What is unusual about it?
- The curator says, 'relationships can sometimes get a bit complex.' Discuss what we understand now about the New Zealand Wars of the 1860s. What more recent world events could you compare these wars with?
- Warfare and arms have their own specialised vocabulary. Identify some words and terms used in this Tale. Use the 'Words' response template to record and explore their derivations and meanings.