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Hood Museum of Art
Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH 03755

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Polynesia and Micronesia

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Although much smaller than the Melanesian collection, the Hood’s holdings of over three hundred objects from Polynesia and Micronesia include some prime examples of objects of both everyday and ceremonial use, such as stone adzes and clubs from Samoa, spearheads from Niue Island, shark tooth knives from Kiribati, and Maori clubs and fishhooks from Tonga Island, a Maori pendant (hei tiki), and a Hawaiian neck ornament made from the tooth of a whale (lei niho palaoa). The museum’s growing collection of tapa cloth includes examples from Samoa, Hawaii, Fiji, Tonga, Kiribati, and Tahiti, among other islands.

Last Updated: 10/24/08