Native Affairs - Atua

By Iulia Leilua
  • Australia

An exhibition of sacred objects dating back over 600 years has recently been held at the National Gallery of Australia.

The taonga depicting Polynesian Atua or gods were collected by early Missionaries and European travellers after the arrival of Christianity.

Some even had human sacrifices made in their honour and as Lulia Leilua discovered, most of the taonga haven't been home for 200 years.